Until such time as similar data are found for Australian children, these examples from the US child population offer a clue as to the situation in Australia.
A 2011 study of 91,642 US children, aged 0–17 years found ‘…an estimated 43% of US children have at least one chronic health condition. This increases to 54.1% when overweight, or at risk for developmental delays are included.’ This was in contrast to only 13% having chronic illnesses in 1994.
The absence of a rigorous follow-up study in the intervening decades is also telling. Much is known about the increasing negative environmental health factors due to the contamination of air, food and water. However, the risks associated with injecting toxic chemicals and inadequately tested biological products, no matter how small, directly into the bodies of young children whose immune systems are still developing, have never been adequately assessed.
Another study of children’s health in 2016 reported an increase in chronic illnesses between 2007 and 2012, although it didn’t give specific quantitative results.
Despite the lack of further studies, it’s likely this trend has continued.
A statistical breakdown of the study’s findings reveals:
- Approximately one in every four-to-five children in the US meets criteria for a severe mental disorder across their lifetime.
- One in six American children has a developmental disability according to the CDC.
- One in eight American children requires special education services.
- One in twelve American children has asthma.
- One in thirteen American children has at least one food allergy and two fifths of these have severe reactions including deadly peanut allergies.
- One in 285 American children will be diagnosed with cancer before age 20.
The study was immediately attacked by an unnamed source, which said, “Large-scale, reputable studies have not found a greater incidence of adverse health outcomes in vaccinated children compared to unvaccinated children,” citing a 2004 study refuting the connection between thimerosal and brain-injury.
This is another example of the logical fallacy explained in the first statement of this series—the impossibility of any study being able to prove that a connection between two factors does not exist. In the case of vaccine safety, only the continued absence of provable harm assures safety. The existence of any valid study showing a serious vaccine injury immediately invalidates the hypothesis that a particular vaccine is totally safe.
Also, citing these barely related studies reveals the absence of the much-needed large-scale, highly controlled studies of children’s health that have never been done.
While Australia has not quite matched the US distinction of having the world’s most aggressive vaccination schedule, it is rapidly closing the gap.
As of 2021, Australia’s childhood schedule requires 13 vaccines given in over 49 doses.
Despite the abundance of vaccines given its children, the US does not have the world’s healthiest children. While, sadly, no agency monitors children’s health, the US now ranks 35th in overall health outcomes—just behind Chile—making it, by most measures, including infant mortality, the sickest nation in the developed world.
Australia presently ranks much higher—seventh on the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index. How long it can maintain that rank, given its rapid approach to the level of US vaccinations, is an important question to study.