Vaccinations Linked to “Shaken Baby” Cases

Recent articles suggest that some infant injuries attributed to violent shaking may instead have resulted from vaccinations. Pediatrician F. Edward Yazbak reviewed the findings September 28th at a conference of the National Child Abuse Defense and Resource Center.

Many physicians believe that violently shaking an infant can produce a subdural hematoma (a mass of blood inside the skull) and retinal hemorrhages (tiny points of bleeding in the retinas), resulting in brain damage or death, without leaving any bruising on the skin or any skeletal injury. This theory, sometimes called “shaken baby syndrome,” is controversial. Some physicians and biomechanics experts believe that the shaking force required to produce brain injury without impact on any surface would have to damage the infant’s neck—yet no neck injuries were found in many cases said to have resulted from shaking.

The new literature has discovered that many infants with subdural hematomas, retinal hemorrhages, and no other notable injuries had recently received vaccinations. In many cases, they had recently received combination vaccines—as many as five vaccines delivered in a single inoculation. At the NCADRC conference, Dr. Yazbak presented several case histories.

In an article in the Spring 2006 issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, hematologist Michael D. Innis theorized that vaccination could lower the Vitamin C level in the blood, predisposing to bleeding injuries an infant whose Vitamin C level was already below normal.