Vaccines and SIDS
|Claims||Vaccines are claimed to cause sudden infant death syndrome|
|Original proponents||Attributed to Robert Mendelsohn|
|Subsequent proponents||Viera Scheibner, Kelly Brogan|
A speculated link between vaccines and SIDS has been refuted, but remains a common anti-vaccine trope. The claim - attributed to Robert Mendelsohn in 1991[non-primary source needed] and promoted by anti-vaccination activists such as Viera Scheibner in the early 1990s - is that vaccines, especially the DTP vaccine that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, cause sudden infant death syndrome. The World Health Organization has classified this as a "common misconception".
Some also claim that a vaccine court case, Boatmon v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 13-611 (Fed. Cl. 2017), proves this link. While compensation was awarded to Boatmon, this did not prove any link, and the award was in any case vacated in July 2018 as the Special master had applied too low a standard of proof.
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- "No, a Vaccine Court ruling does not show that vaccines cause SIDS". Science-Based Medicine. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
- Judge, THOMAS C. WHEELER. "BOATMON v. SECRETARY OF HHS". Leagle. Retrieved 2019-02-01.
- "Vaccines and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)". www.cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2019-02-01.