Fact Or Fiction
It is recommended that babies receive several vaccines before they reach six months of age. This period in an infant’s life is also when the majority of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) cases occur. Ninety percent of all SIDS deaths take place between birth and six months, with a peak in cases occurring between 2 and 4 months of age. It's no wonder that some parents have questioned a possible relationship between vaccination and sudden infant death.
The sudden, unexplained loss of an infant is tragic. A SIDS death leaves parents in shock and looking for answers. Left without a definite cause or reason, a SIDS death becomes that much more unbearable for parents and family.
For this reason, researchers and parents alike have been looking into causes and methods of prevention for SIDS.
Many scientific studies have been conducted, both here in the U.S. and abroad, to evaluate the possibility that vaccination might increase the risk of SIDS. Investigators in several of these studies followed two groups of children, one vaccinated and the other unvaccinated, for the occurrence of SIDS. None of these scientific studies demonstrated a difference in the number of SIDS cases in the vaccinated group compared to the unvaccinated group.
Researchers who are continuing to research possible causes of SIDS have discovered factors that may increase or decrease a baby’s risk of SIDS. For more information on SIDS, visit the American SIDS Institute website.