How Do US Vaccine Rates, Policies and Children’s Health Compare to Other Countries?

The United States has higher vaccination rates than any other country. The US also has very high infant mortality rates. American children experience epidemic levels of chronic diseases including autism, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, autoimmune disorders, asthma, epilepsy and allergies. [1, 2]

If vaccinations were so effective in improving the health of children, why do the statistics not bear this out? In fact, the opposite has been shown to be true. Increasing vaccination rates are correlated with growth in diseases for our children.

Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and physician groups mistakenly maintain that vaccines are responsible for eliminating many frightening childhood diseases including measles, mumps, chicken pox and polio. These diseases and others targeted by vaccines are, in truth, minor childhood illnesses which cause few health problems.

These medical groups recommend the current aggressive vaccine schedule, although vaccines have never been proven to be safe or effective. They fail to address the epidemic of chronic disease for today’s children and also deny that vaccines could be causing them, in spite of evidence to the contrary. [3-5]

US Vaccination and Illness Rates Compared to Others

In 2009, Generation Rescue completed a comprehensive review of publications and literature on vaccination, autism and infant mortality rates. Their review concluded that the US recommended 36 vaccinations for children under 5 years of age, double what most other developed countries recommended.

The average number of vaccinations for the 29 other Western countries studied was 18. The US had the highest autism rate in the world, with one out of 150 children diagnosed at the time of the study, ten times higher than other countries. The US placed number 34 for its infant mortality rate, rating higher than all 30 countries studied. [6]

Research by Miller and Goldman has likewise found a statistically significant correlation between vaccinations and infant mortality. Other research has established that vaccinations given to infants are responsible for causing SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). [7]

How Do Other Countries Handle Vaccine Injuries Compared to the US?

In the 1980s, vaccine injury settlement costs were threatening the continuation of pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines. To protect the pharmaceutical companies, legal immunity was granted to vaccine makers in the US.

This protection resulted in skyrocketing increases of vaccine use and injury. US policy focused on protecting vaccine makers, not American children who were dying or becoming permanently damaged as a result of vaccines. Other countries responded more responsibly.

Japan has been exemplary in their handling of vaccine injury and responsibility toward the care of their children. Japan quickly made their DPT vaccine safer, after the death of two infants in 1975. Japan repealed mandatory vaccinations in 1994. Japan’s children enjoy superior health compared to American children, while also receiving fewer vaccinations. [8]

Why the US Vaccinates So Much

Legal immunity was granted to all vaccine makers in the late 1980s, resulting in a dramatic increase in vaccinations with little concern for safety. There are fewer restrictions placed on vaccinations than those placed on new drugs. Vaccinations are highly profitable and pharmaceutical companies long ago bought out our health care system. [9]

Chronic Childhood Disease Skyrocketing with Growing Vaccine Schedule

There is a strong correlation between growing disease rates among children with the dramatic increase in the vaccination schedule. Research has shown that vaccines cause neurological damage, autoimmune diseases and autism. Vaccines are a major contributor to our current heath epidemic facing our children. [10]

The statistics are alarming for current disease rates of children. In 2006, 26% of children suffered from chronic health problems. Today one out of 68 children suffer from autism. One out of ten children has asthma and ADHD. One out of 20 children has epilepsy and one of six children are developmentally delayed. [11]

Studies Comparing Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Children

Numerous studied have been completed in the US and other countries comparing unvaccinated and vaccinated children’s health. The results have been unanimous. Unvaccinated children enjoy far superior health compared to those vaccinated.

Autism is non-existent for those not vaccinated. Rates for other childhood diseases including dyslexia, epilepsy, SIDS, allergies, hyperactivity, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, ADHD, and ear infections were extremely low for those children unvaccinated. [12]

How Scary Were Childhood Diseases such as Measles, Mumps, Chicken Pox and Polio?

While there was the rare individual who developed complications from measles, mumps, chicken pox and polio, the vast majority of children suffered a very common, mild infection requiring a few days off school for rest and recovery, attaining permanent lifetime immunity and strengthening of the immune system. Even polio, which did sadly result in paralysis for some, was mostly mild and undiagnosed for most who developed the illness.

Even more significant is the fact that these childhood diseases cannot be explained away by vaccinations. Improvement in sanitation and natural disease fluctuations were responsible for their elimination. [13-15]


The US has the highest vaccination rate of all industrialized countries. US children are experiencing a health epidemic with more chronic diseases than ever before in our history. The US has the highest infant mortality in a study comparing America with 29 other developed countries. Children in the US suffered with more autism than in all other countries studied.

Studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated show conclusively that unvaccinated children enjoy far superior health. Research and data demonstrate that vaccines cause neurological damage and contribute to significant health damage.

Vaccines are a major contributing factor to today’s health crisis in our children. Vaccines wrongly credited with saving lives and improving health is instead responsible for destroying lives.

Legal immunity granted to vaccine makers has contributed to a growth in unsafe vaccinations, which profit pharmaceutical companies while injuring our children.

How to Fight this Misguided Vaccination Trend

Education and advocacy are key in redirecting the misguided vaccination expansion in our healthcare system. Progress is evident by the fact that vaccines are now considered controversial and many have heard of vaccine injury.

Each individual who is open-minded should be approached with vaccine injury stories and vaccine facts. Contacting Congress members to protest proposed strict state vaccination laws is also critical. The NVIC has an advocacy site one can join to get updates on proposed local state vaccine law changes.

It can be discouraging, but there is a growing movement led by vaccine-injured, parents of vaccine-damaged, researchers and informed health care professionals to end this dangerous vaccination trend. Each unvaccinated, saved life is a victory.





About the author

Michelle Goldstein

Michelle Goldstein is a mental health therapist who is passionate about holistic health, natural healing, nutrient-dense foods and the politics that impact them. She has published articles for Natural News, VacTruth, and other health websites. All of her published articles to date can be found at her health website, Holistic Health to Go. She can also be followed on her Facebook Page.

  • Doctor Jack

    Having measles and letting it run it’s course does NOT provide “permanent lifetime immunity nor strengthen the immune system.” That one would write such belies their lack of understanding of what disease is. And to describe these symptom complexes as “infections” is also a glaring mistake. The symptoms are inflammations not infections and they are RIGHT ACTION initiated by the brain in order to remove offending substances from its domain such as vaccine poisons, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, the decomposition by-products of the attempted digestion of high protein animal substances such as meats, dairy and eggs and a host of other offending substances ingested by most people on a daily basis.

  • PIEN

    As parents , healthcare professionals and concerned citizens we should demand SAFE healthcare. It is astounding what we do to our children.

  • The CDC knows, they say on their website newly vaccinated should not go around infants yet they vaccinate them?
    The CDC has on their website access to better nutrition, clean water, better sewage disposal and awareness of how disease is spread along with cleaner health practices eradicated disease.
    Before vaccinations most diseases where becoming rare. It is not a coincidence they have been on the rise since they introduced vaccinations.

  • EllyW

    This is a good summary article. Thank you, Michelle Goldstein. (from the parent of a vaccine-injured child)

  • The pro-vax side clams to be all about the study science. They don’t even have a clue about anything but what the CDC has put before them, and they refuse to look for and as well accept anything but what mainstream has accepted. A CDC that refuses to promote the need for real vaccine safety studies, and an adequate level of studies that have actually looked and directly at the risk of vaccines.

    Shedding – ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-TWO (and counting) scientific studies on vaccines and SHEDDING:

    Five Year Moratorium on Childhood Vaccines

    Most people do not realize how many studies there are that actually exist, showing the harm of the HPV vaccines. I could add much more to this.

    Clin Rheumatol. 2017 Jul 20. doi: 10.1007/s10067-017-3768-5. [Epub ahead of print]
    Serious adverse events after HPV vaccination: a critical review of randomized trials and post-marketing case series.

    Martínez-Lavín M1,2, Amezcua-Guerra L3,4.

    This article critically reviews HPV vaccine serious adverse events described in pre-licensure randomized trials and in post-marketing case series. HPV vaccine randomized trials were identified in PubMed. Safety data were extracted. Post-marketing case series describing HPV immunization adverse events were reviewed. Most HPV vaccine randomized trials did not use inert placebo in the control group. Two of the largest randomized trials found significantly more severe adverse events in the tested HPV vaccine arm of the study. Compared to 2871 women receiving aluminum placebo, the group of 2881 women injected with the bivalent HPV vaccine had more deaths on follow-up (14 vs. 3, p = 0.012). Compared to 7078 girls injected with the 4-valent HPV vaccine, 7071 girls receiving the 9-valent dose had more serious systemic adverse events (3.3 vs. 2.6%, p = 0.01). For the 9-valent dose, our calculated number needed to seriously harm is 140 (95% CI, 796-53). The number needed to vaccinate is 1757 (95% CI, 131 to infinity). Practically, none of the serious adverse events occurring in any arm of both studies were judged to be vaccine-related. Pre-clinical trials, post-marketing case series, and the global drug adverse reaction database (VigiBase) describe similar post-HPV immunization symptom clusters. Two of the largest randomized HPV vaccine trials unveiled more severe adverse events in the tested HPV vaccine arm of the study. Nine-valent HPV vaccine has a worrisome number needed to vaccinate/number needed to harm quotient. Pre-clinical trials and post-marketing case series describe similar post-HPV immunization symptoms.

    International Study: An Honest Look at the Statistics Shows that the HPV Vaccine is Not Safe

    Real stories put forth by those that suffered disabling adverse reactions to Gardasil and/or Cervarix

    Gardasil in Italy: My daughter’s two year battle with new medical conditions

    December 4, 2008
    Gardasil trials update–“New Medical Conditions”
    By Cynthia A. Janak

    Cynthia A. Janak column


  • Valtam Nord

    Negatively equating only the USA’s vaccination rates with our infant mortality and childhood health in comparison to other countries is an epidemiological non-sequitur.

    There is a myriad of other significant factors involved that are totally independent from vaccination status:

    > A primary reason for infant mortality disparity in he USA is the much higher rate of pre-term births than other nations. We see 1 in 8 infants born in the United States born preterm, compared with 1 in 18 in Ireland and Finland.

    > The USA lags significantly behind may countries in sex education contraceptive availability for teens. The teen pregnancy rate is abominable in comparison to other developed nations. Unplanned teen pregnancies have a statistically higher rate of premature deliveries and low birth weights which precipitates complications.

    > The majority of other developed countries cited, especially in Europe, have comprehensive national health systems with good to excellent health care available to all citizens. Contrast that with the patchwork quilt of healthcare availability and quality in the USA. Many women without adequate healthcare in the USA are not prepared well for pregnancy without early checkups, pertinent testing, nutrition counselling, prenatal vitamins, etc. It’s worth noting that the USA’s infant mortality rates among disenfranchised black and Hispanic minorities who have less access to prenatal and infant care is much higher than with whites. The Trump administration’s proposed cuts to Medicaid won’t improve that at all!

    > The obesity rate in the USA contributes to problem pregnancies.

    > The World Health Organization’s definition of infant mortality rate: “The number of infants who die between birth and age one, per 1,000 live births.” Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? However, the way infant mortality is tabulated, especially at birth, varies from country to country. Different qualifiers lead to ignoring infant deaths in the counts. The USA counts a death if it occurs following birth with any indication of life. Some countries use algorithms that limit the deaths count based on number of hours alive, gestation weeks, the infant’s length or birth weight thresholds. Explained here:

    But on the bright side… From 2005 through 2014, USA SIDS deaths have declined 29% due to SIDS prevention programs like “Back to Sleep”.

  • AutismDadd

    Great piece.

  • AutismDadd

    What rubbish

  • sabelmouse

    yes, other things contribute.

  • AutismDadd

    And all the pre-term vaccination issues

  • Brian

    Wow. There’s a lot of false information in this article. If anyone wants examples, feel free to ask.