The second National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine report on vaccines again has concluded that virtually all the vaccines given children have been proven to cause damage.
The IOM report, produced by a group of leading pediatric figures in America, who scoured hundreds of scientific papers, found evidence of a causal relationship between damage and the diphtheria, tetanus, measles, measles-mumps-rubella, oral polio vaccine, hepatitis B and Hib vaccines.
This latest report follows one in 1991 which found evidence of adverse effects from the whooping cough and rubella vaccines. Both studies were requested by the American Congress in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, passed in 1985. In its latest report, the committee concluded that there is a causal relation between:
* Diphtheria and tetanus shots and anaphylactic shock
* Measles vaccine and death from measle-vaccine-strain infection
* Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and thrombocytopenia (a blood condition characterized by a decrease in blood platelets) and anaphylactic shock
* Oral poliovaccine and poliomyelitis and death from poliovaccine-strain infection
* Hepatitis B vaccine and anaphylactic shock.
The committee also said that the evidence 'favours acceptance' of a causal relation between:
* Diphtheria and tetanus vaccines and Guillain-Barre paralysis and brachial neuritis (inflammation and breakdown of nerves of the upper spine)
* Measles vaccine and anaphylactic shock
* Oral poliovaccine and Guillain-Barre syndrome
* Unconjugated Hib vaccine and early-onset Hib disease in children 18 months or older whose first Hib immunization is this variety.
The committee could not rule out a causal relationship between measles vaccines and cases of subacute sclerosing panencephatitis, a fatal wasting disease very rarely caused by measles itself. In the earlier report, the IOM concluded that evidence shows a causal relationship between administration of the whooping cough vaccine and anaphylactic shock, extended periods of inconsolate crying or screaming, acute inflammation of the brain and shock. The committee also found evidence that the rubella vaccine could cause short- and long-term arthritis.