“Evidence suggests that DTP vaccine may kill more children from other causes than it saves from diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis.”

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A nurse gives a measles vaccination to a child in Guinea-Bissau. Photo: UNICEF/Roger Lemoyne

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Study: DTP Vaccine Associated With 212% Increased Infant Mortality Risk

Posted on: Wednesday, March 15th 2017 at 12:15 pm Written By: Jefferey Jaxen

Study: DTP Vaccine Associated With Increased Infant Mortality.

A study from West Africa’s Guinea-Bissau discovered that all-cause infant mortality more than doubled after the introduction of the DTP vaccination.

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Here is the study referred to in Jeffrey Jaxen’s article.

The Introduction of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis and Oral Polio Vaccine
Among Young Infants in an Urban African Community: A
Natural Experiment
Available online 1 February 2017Abstract

Background
We examined the introduction of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) and oral polio vaccine (OPV) in an urban community in Guinea-Bissau in the early 1980s.

What I consider to be the important points….

  • In this natural experiment vaccinated children had 5-fold higher mortality than not-yet-DTP-vaccinated children. DTP-only vaccinations were associated with higher mortality than DTP + OPV vaccinations. Hence, DTP may be associated with a negative effect on child survival.
  • Except for the measles vaccines, surprisingly few studies examined the introduction of vaccines and their impact on child survival.
  • DTP was associated with 5-fold higher mortality than being unvacci-
    nated. No prospective study has shown beneficial survival effects of
    DTP. Unfortunately, DTP is the most widely used vaccine, and the pro-
    portion who receives DTP3 is used globally as an indicator of the perfor-
    mance of national vaccination programs.
  • 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.
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