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From a 2005 article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
“Before and after adjusting for age, sex, exposure to traditional health care, family history of asthma or allergies, exposure to antibiotics, and family clustering, parents who refused vaccines were 11 times less likely to report asthma only for children with no family history of the disease and no exposure to antibiotics during infancy (Table III). …. Nonvaccinating parents were also 2.5 times less likely to report eczema and current wheeze.”
Then they justify the continued vaccination of children, and seem to say that the 280 children who died from asthma in 2001 are collateral damage in the war against infectious disease:
“Although 280 children and youths died from asthma in 2001, before vaccination, 11,000 children died and 50,000 children were seriously affected by diseases like measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, and polio every year in the United States. If vaccination rates decrease, these diseases will return; none of the vaccine-preventable diseases are eradicated. For parents of children at high risk for asthma, these data do not indicate that refusing vaccines will decrease their child’s risk of disease. Other parents should remember that vaccines prevent serious and deadly diseases, and the known benefits of vaccination clearly outweigh this hypothetical risk.”