Are Package Inserts Evidence That Vaccines Cause SIDS and Autism?

Mike Adams has uncovered another conspiracy about vaccines!

He has discovered “a vaccine document on the FDA’s own website that openly admits vaccines are linked to autism.”

What document?

It’s the package insert for Tripedia, a DTaP vaccine that was discontinued in 2011.

Like his finding mercury in a flu shot that was not thimerosal free, the only thing that is “shocking” about this stuff that is that people fall for it.

What Package Inserts Say About SIDS and Autism

So what did he find in that package insert for Tripedia?

He found autism.

SIDS and autism are listed in Tripedia package insert, but are not causally linked to the vaccine.
SIDS and autism are indeed listed in Tripedia package insert, but are not causally linked to the vaccine.

But like SIDS, it was at the end of the section of Adverse Reactions where they were very clear that “events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine.”

These adverse reactions are listed “because of the seriousness OR frequency of reporting.” They are not included because they are serious AND frequent, as some anti-vaccine sites like to proclaim.

“These lists of “adverse events” can look scary because they include so many problems, ranging from minor to life-threatening. The thing to remember is that this section lists everything that happened to or was reported by people taking the medicine, regardless of whether it had any connection to the medicine.”

Epilepsy Foundation on How to Read A Package Insert

And that they are listed is certainly not evidence that they are caused by the vaccine. Antivaccine sites typically leave out this part of the package insert – “it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship.”

In fact, many studies have found that vaccines are not associated with either SIDS or autism.

What Else Do Package Inserts Say

Package inserts (in the Adverse Events section) must include everything that happens during the clinical trials for the vaccine.

You wouldn’t think that a motor vehicle accident or accidental drowning would really be caused by a vaccine, would you? But they are also listed in the Tripedia package insert.

Vaccine inserts have to list any serious events, especially deaths, that happened in the clinical trials for the vaccine, even if they might not be related to the vaccine itself.
Vaccine inserts have to list any serious events, especially deaths, that happened in the clinical trials for the vaccine, even if they might not be related to the vaccine itself.

Vaccine package inserts do have a lot of good information. Although designed for use by health professionals, they are readily available for parents to read too.

But don’t let folks misuse them to scare you away from vaccinating and protecting your kids. Get educated about what is and what isn’t in a package insert and what it all means.

What To Know About What Package Inserts Really Say

Although included in some vaccine package inserts, none actually claim that vaccines cause SIDS or autism.

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