A widely circulating post on social media states that increases in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) began after vaccines became more widely available in the 1950s. The post uses a quote from a discredited physician who has published now-discredited vaccine research. Vaccines have not been shown to cause SIDS. Health researchers have previously documented that anti-vaccine organizations and advocates routinely reach out to mothers who have lost infants due to SIDS. Understandably intense feelings of grief and loss are capitalized upon to recruit women to the anti-vaccine movement, by claiming vaccines caused their child’s death rather than accidental or unknown causes. This tactic is expected to increase as more women receive COVID-19 vaccines.
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