Vaccinated Versus Unvaccinated: Review of a 2017 Study
This article is a review of Anthony Mawson’s “Pilot Comparative Study on the Health of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated 6- to12-Year-Old U. S. Children”. Here you will learn what additional health risks may be associated with vaccines as discovered in the study between vaccinated versus unvaccinated children.
The urgency for vaccine mandates in order to protect individuals from infectious disease has consumed the media in recent decades. In 2009 it was the swine flu, Ebola in 2014, measles in 2019 and recently the coronavirus in 2020.
The Vaccine Industry
Pharmaceutical companies, WHO (World Health Organization), the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and other agencies sell vaccines by instilling fear into families and communities that vaccines can safely and effectively prevent infectious disease.
Whether or not these claims are true remains controversial and another topic for concern. However, we do know that there is a conflict of interest in that these organizations make a profit on vaccines and do not have any liability for injuries sustained from vaccines. These companies do not do inert placebo controlled safety studies on vaccines even though this is the safety studies that are required for other pharmaceutical products.
Anthony Mawson’s “Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6-to 12- year-old U.S. children” poses the question: who is healthier (1)? The vaccinated children or the unvaccinated children?
The primary endpoints were:
- Understand if there was a significant difference between the two groups in both acute and chronic long term health and use of health services.
- Determine if an association exists between vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Using contact information from a nation-wide homeschool organization, a cross-sectional survey was taken by biological mothers on their children ages 6 to 12 across 4 U.S. States. This age group was selected as most recommended vaccines would be administered to children in this age range.
In fact, most vaccinations are given before age 6. This study allowed for the appearance and diagnosis of chronic conditions to develop over time as most do.
Children from the study were classified into one of these categories:
Unvaccinated: No previous vaccinations.
Partially Vaccinated: Some, but not all recommended vaccinations received.
Fully Vaccinated: All age-appropriate, recommended vaccines received.
Information gathered from the report included questions of and relating to:
- Diagnosis of a chronic illness by a physician including 40 chronic conditions
- Health services and procedures
- Dental check-ups
- Sick visits to physicians
- Use of medications
- Physical activity
- Sibling count
- Financial, educational and social background
- Pregnancy related complications and birth history including exposure to other environmental toxins
For analytical purposes, unvaccinated children were considered the control group and both vaccinated and partially vaccinated children were grouped together for comparison.
Did the Research Team Practice “Good” Science?
The gold standard of scientific research uses a randomized control group. Although this study could not produce a randomized selection of participants because of the unavailability to contact homeschool families, this did not interfere with the objective of the study.
The purpose of a cross-sectional study is to investigate the outcome and exposure of selected participants and therefore provide useful information for a future cohort study.
According to Medical Dictionary, each study is defined. (2)
Cross-Sectional Study: “One employing a single point of data collection for each participant or system being studied. It is used for examining phenomena expected to remain static through the period of interest.”
Cohort Study: “An epidemiologic study in which the groups of individuals are selected on the bases of factors that are to be examined for possible effects on some outcome.” Cohorts are followed over an extended period of time to analyze incidence rates and how they correlate to original study factors.
Was There Research Bias?
When looking at any research study it is necessary to ask a few questions to learn if there is a bias amongst the participants to perform a certain way or if the researchers have any personal incentives that may cause them to misinterpret results, switch outcomes, manipulate data or prevent the complete publication of all results.
- Were participants compensated in this study? No, there was no incentive or money provided to those mothers who participated in the anonymous online survey.
- Could Conflicts of Interests Bias the Results of the Study? All researchers in the study declared no competing interests that would interfere with the study’s objective.
- Who Funded the Study? Funding for the study was provided by grants and charitable donations from nonprofit organizations seeking 3rd party investigation into the rise in chronic illness and cognitive related disturbances in our youth today.
Given the background information of the study we can now trust that the researchers are not playing magicians and their intent is not to deceive their audience of readers. Let us look at the results of the study.
Data was collected on 666 homeschool children. The following demographics were revealed:
- 88% White
- 52% Female
- 39% Unvaccinated
- 31% Partially Vaccinated
- 30% Fully Vaccinated
What are the Significant Findings?
The vaccinated group was significantly less likely than the unvaccinated children to have developed chickenpox and whooping cough. However, there was an increase in chronic illness in the vaccinated group. Vaccinated children had an increase in allergic rhinitis and other allergies, eczema or atopic dermatitis, a learning disability, ADHD, ASD, neurodevelopmental disorder, and any chronic illness.
Vaccinated children were significantly more likely to have received a diagnosis of otitis media and pneumonia or have used medication for allergies, antibiotics or fever medications.
They were also more likely to have seen a doctor, dentist, visited a physician due to illness in the previous year, spend a night or more in the hospital, or had ventilation ear tube placements at a rate almost 8 times the percentage of unvaccinated children.
Researchers also found that boys were more likely than girls to be diagnosed with a chronic condition among vaccinated children.
After adjusting for significant factors there still remained a strong association between vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders, and most commonly a learning disability according to the study.
What Do the Researchers Suggest?
Researchers of the study conclude that the results of this small, pilot study warrant concern for the current vaccination schedule. They urge for large studies designed to identify and understand the mechanisms of vaccination on children’s health.
Conclusions of the study also indicate that it is essential for further studies to understand the “dose-response” between vaccination and illness of which this study was limited to identify.
Implications of the Study
There is no debate that health is complex and multifactorial. The questions that these types of comparative studies illicit is how much can and do vaccines cause harm and increase risk for health problems.
Although this study found no significant difference between the incidence of measles in the groups, otitis media (middle ear infection) and pneumonia (more common in the vaccinated) are most often associated with measles infection (4, 5). Does this increased likelihood of developing acute illnesses outweigh the risks associated with developing the infection naturally? Remember, there was no significant comparative difference between the vaccinated versus unvaccinated children.
Should preterm infants be vaccinated according to the recommended vaccine schedule? Vaccination coupled with preterm birth had a 6.6-fold increased odds of a neurological disorder. The same analysis showed that pre-term birth alone had no association to neurodevelopmental disorders.
Do you want to birth your child in a hospital that mandates vaccines on a schedule that has not been tested on preterm infants or in which the health effects of vaccination are unknown?
Urgency for Answers, Not Vaccines
Should health and medical officials be creating urgency to pharmaceutical companies with no liability to market vaccines that have no proper double-blinded placebo control studies and certainly no long term health and safety analysis?
Here are a few concerns that concerned individuals including scientists, doctors and parents are asking.
These questions are what requires urgency and the answers are critical in optimizing the best health in our children.
- What other factors may compound the risks for adverse effects associated with vaccination?
- What are the long term and cumulative effects of the recommended vaccine schedule including the synergistic effects of new vaccines added to the schedule?
- Are some individuals more susceptible to the aluminum contained in vaccines? How much aluminum from vaccines becomes trapped in the brain and is there even a safe dosage for this known neurotoxin?
- Are childhood infections including chickenpox, whooping cough, and rubella associated with a reduced risk of long term chronic health conditions and disease? If so, which ones?
- Are specific vaccines more likely to increase the risk of an acute or chronic health problem? If so, which ones?
Studies Raise Red Flags
Mawson’s study alone cannot and does not definitively conclude whether vaccinated versus unvaccinated children are healthier. The following is a summary of literature that provides further support that the investigation into vaccination and its relationship with overall health is justified.
Cancer risk associated with simian virus 40 contaminated polio vaccine: Incidence of cancer linked to polio vaccine. (6)
DTP Vaccine Increases Mortality in Young Infants 5 to 10-Fold Compared to Unvaccinated Infants: Vaccine may protect only against specific bacteria and increase susceptibility to dying from other causes. (7)
Vaccines linked to mental disorders by Yale study: Study poses that biological mechanisms including an individual’s immune response correlate to risk for diagnosis of mental disorders including OCD, anxiety and ADHD. (8)
The 112-Year Odyssey of Pertussis and Pertussis Vaccines-Mistakes Made and Implications for the Future: DTaP vaccines are an example of vaccine failure and those vaccinated are more susceptible to pertussis throughout lifetime. (9)
Finds MMR Vaccine Causes Seizures in 5,700 US Children Annually – Physicians for Informed Consent: MMR vaccine can cause seizures. (11)
Adverse Events After Routine Immunization of Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants: Cohort study found increased incidence of sepsis and need for respiratory support after immunization, particularly in a younger gestational age. (12)
Pertussis Epidemic — California, 2014: 83% of 1665 students that were part of the pertussis outbreak in California had known vaccine status. Of this group, 87% of those students were fully vaccinated and only 2.2% were unvaccinated. (13)
THE DANGER OF ELIMINATING VACCINE EXEMPTIONS & CURTAILING VACCINE CRITICISM: Informed Consent Action Network highlights vaccine safety and efficacy issues. (15)
Whether you are a proponent for or against vaccines there are questions to be asked on both sides of the argument. Who would not want to understand the underlying mechanisms that influence vaccine safety and odds that an adverse reaction or long term illness will occur?
Large scale comparative studies should exist to answer the question: “Do the vaccinated or unvaccinated have better overall health and fewer incidences of acute and chronic health problems?”