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DTP vaccine associated with a 5-10-fold greater mortality among children 3-5 months old
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Infants 3 to 5 months old were 5-times more likely to die if they had received both the Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP) vaccine and the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) than infants of the same age who had not been vaccinated according to a 2017 study of an urban African community by Danish researchers.
Infants 3 to 5 months old were 10-times more likely to die if they had received only the Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP) vaccine, and not the Oral Polio Vaccine.
(In other words, giving the oral polio vaccine along with the DTP vaccine seemed to reduce the negative effects of the DTP vaccine.)
“All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis,” the authors of the study concluded.
Here are quotes from the paper so that you can read it for yourself.
“DTP [Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis vaccine] was associated with 5-fold higher mortality than being unvaccinated [among infants 3 to 5 months old],” notes a 2017 study by Danish researchers.
“The negative effect was particularly strong [a 10-fold increased risk of dying] for children who had received DTP only and no [oral polio vaccine].”
“Conclusion: DTP was associated with increased mortality; OPV may modify the effect of DTP.”
“No prospective study has shown beneﬁcial survival effects of DTP.”
[In other words, there has never been a study of the DTP vaccine which has shown that it lowers infant deaths. This study suggests the exact opposite.]
They continue by saying:
“It should be of concern that the effect of routine vaccinations on all-cause mortality was not tested in randomized trials.”
“All currently available evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.”
“Though a vaccine protects children against the target disease it may simultaneously increase susceptibility to unrelated infections,” the authors of this study conclude.
Mogensen SW, Andersen A, Rodrigues A, Benn CS, and Aaby P. The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A Natural Experiment. EBioMedicine, 2017 Mar; 17: 192-198.
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Author’s Contact Info
Bandim Health Project
Statens Serum Institute
2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark
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