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Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Studies

Are unvaccinated kids healthier than those who get their vaccines, as some folks propose?

No.

As expected, they are just at more risk for vaccine-preventable diseases.

What about the folks who report that there are studies that prove that without a doubt that unvaccinated children are healthier than their peers?

They are talking about a 1992 survey, not a research study, from the Immunization Awareness Society, an anti-vaccine group who surveyed their own members.

On the other hand, a large study, “Vaccination Status and Health in Children and Adolescents Findings of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS),” which looked at “whether unvaccinated children and adolescents differ from those vaccinated in terms of health,” found that:

  1. …vaccinated children and unvaccinated children differed substantially only in terms of the lifetime prevalence of vaccine preventable diseases; as is to be expected the risk of such diseases is notably lower in vaccinated subjects.
  2. In the largest study in children and adolescents so far none of the often anticipated health differences—such as allergies and the number of infections—were observed in vaccinated and unvaccinated subjects aged 1–17 years.

So they didn’t find more cases of “obstructive bronchitis, pneumonia and otitis media, heart disease, anemia, epilepsy, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD” among the vaccinated kids.

The unvaccinated kids just had more measles, mumps, rubella, and pertussis.

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Natural Immunity

Is natural immunity – the kind of immunity you get from actually getting a disease – better than immunity from a vaccine?

All things being equal, sure.

Unfortunately, all things aren’t equal when it comes to the question of natural immunity vs ‘artificial’ immunity. Vaccines are safe and have few serious side effects, while vaccine-preventable diseases are life-threatening and can leave survivors with serious disabilities.

For most of us there is no question. Our kids are fully vaccinated and we are very glad that they have artificial immunity against measles, Hib, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis B, etc.

And people shouldn’t get confused about natural immunity. It doesn’t mean that you just wake up one day have immunity against a disease one day naturally. You have to earn that immunity, by getting sick with the disease and hoping you don’t have any complications, some of which can be life-threatening.

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