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The NON-Shaken Baby Syndrome: The Rest Of The Cases

By: Dr. F. Edward Yazbak

See also Concerns about the Infant Mortality Rate in the United States

As anyone who has read "Concerns about the Infant Mortality Rate in the United States" would know, I only included "“for the sake of brevity- the first and last "Shaken Baby Syndrome" reports to VAERS.

After submitting the article "“ an Infant Mortality Rate analysis - to Red Flags, I started wondering what a review of ALL eight "Shaken Baby Syndrome" reports to VAERS would have shown.

Would I be able to show that a reasonable doubt about the diagnosis and the allegation of abuse also existed in cases 164275, 166388, 168563, 178960, 196685 and 212657?

Please review those cases with appropriate comments.

You decide if the babies were actually hurt because they were "Shaken". You be the Jury.

Please keep in mind that only limited information is available in the reports to VAERS as we do not have access to the medical records nor can we interview or examine anyone.

To look at the information on your own

When you are finished reading all the reviews, sit back and deliberate:

  • Are those accused adults guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?
  • Did they really shake the baby?
  • Could something else have caused the baby's problems?

Please keep in mind that few health care professionals - 1 in 40 doctors according to one study- filed reports with VAERS before 1999.

In other words, should you read that there were fifty reports about a certain lot of a particular vaccine, there is a very good chance that several hundred other reactions were never reported. 


Report 164275

VAERS ID 164275 Vaccination Date: 2000-11-07
Age 0.4 Date filed: 2001-01-02  
Sex M Where Administered: PUB
State SC Purchased by:  
Life Threatening Illness? No
Died? No
Disability? No
Recovered? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Current Illness: NONE
Diagnostic Lab Data:
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications:
Preexisting Conditions: NONE
  Vaccinations Manufacturer Lot Dose Route Site
Onset Date: 2000-11-13 Number of Days: 6
No data provided. 60 day follow-up states the pt has seizures. Discharge summary states diagnosis is shaken baby syndrome, inferior vena cava thrombus

This 4 month-old baby boy from South Carolina developed seizures six days following three vaccinations. The report is poor with practically no information. The fact that there was a discharge summary suggests that the baby was admitted to a hospital.  It is almost certain that at least the ER/Doctor visit and the hospitalization questions were not answered correctly.

(The poor quality of the reports can be appreciated again in the following cases. It is unfortunate that so little information can be gathered from the questions on the right.)

Comments: It is not clear how the inferior vena cava thrombus diagnosis was made

Lot numbers alone can be investigated four years after the fact.

There were 91 reports to VAERS with DTAP 917A2:

  • 47 patients were taken to a doctor or to an Emergency Room (ER)
  • 10 were hospitalized
  • 3 children developed seizures (150742, 153746, 163078) 
  • Three babies died.

Report 134070: A 6 month-old female infant from Ohio was vaccinated on 1/4/2000 and died suddenly 3 days later. Cause of death was listed as SIDS. The baby had a past history of Respiratory Distress Syndrome and seizures.

Report 134072: A 4 month-old female from Ohio was vaccinated on 1/25/2000 and died 6 days later. She was found in respiratory arrest (Apnea) at the babysitter's and could not be resuscitated 

Comments: Ten months before an adult in South Carolina allegedly "shook" and severely injured a 4-month-old baby boy vaccinated six days earlier, two infants in OHIO stopped breathing "“ one exactly six days post- vaccination - after receiving a dose of vaccine from the same lot.

Report 151082: A 31 month-old girl from New Hampshire who was vaccinated on 3/27/2000 (DTAP, HIB, HepB, IPV and MMR) had a reaction 2 days later. She was hospitalized twice and died 4 weeks later. Her blood lead level was very high (391 micrograms per deciliter (ug/dL)). "Autopsy revealed the pt’s cause of death as cerebral edema complicating acute lead poisoning"

Comments about report 151082:

  • Children with very high blood lead levels do develop cerebral edema and die
  • The lead poisoning was probably chronic and not acute-as stated in the autopsy report. It is unlikely that this little girl ingested such enormous amount of lead after she was vaccinated and before she became symptomatic. It is more likely that her blood lead level was critically high before she was vaccinated.
  • The health care provider(HCP) should have taken a better history (PICA) and noticed how pale and sick this little girl appeared -with such lead intoxication- instead of rushing to "protect" her against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, HIB, hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps and rubella in New Hampshire-of all places.
  • Cerebral edema has been reported following pertussis vaccination.



Report 166388

VAERS ID 166388 Vaccination Date: 2000-10-23
Age 0.2 Date filed: 2001-03-06  
Sex M Where Administered: OTH
State MI Purchased by: OTH
Life Threatening Illness? No
Died? No
Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Current Illness: Respiratory infection on antibiotics
Diagnostic Lab Data:
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Antibiotics
Preexisting Conditions: 5 weeks premature; respiratory infection, on antibiotics
  Vaccinations Manufacturer Lot Dose Route Site
2 HEP MSD     IM  
3 IPV       SC  
Onset Date: 2000-10-24 Number of Days: 1
The pt’s grandmother reported that a 2 month old male pt received vaccines on 10/23/00. Reportedly, the next day, the pt developed continuous crying, seen in physician’s office. The pt was hospitalized on 11/22/00 due to respiratory failure, bruising around the mouth, petechia and swollen tongue. Pt was discharged on 12/20/00 with a dx of Shaken Baby Syndrome with brain damage, blind and deaf. Pt is on feeding tube and Phenobarbital for seizures. No further info is available. Upon internal review, seizures

This 2 month-old (adjusted age 3 weeks) male infant from Michigan was sick and on antibiotics when he was given a DTAP {DTP had been withdrawn from the market in 2000}, IPV and hepatitis B vaccine. He cried continuously the following day. A month later, he went into respiratory arrest, had bruising around the mouth and developed seizures. 

Comments: DTAP causes cerebral crying (37 reports), respiratory arrest (20 reports) and seizures (403 reports). Hepatitis B vaccine causes thrombocytopenia (173 reports) and bruising. The bruising around the mouth, petechiae and a swollen tongue could have resulted from vigorous resuscitation.
A properly interpreted MRI may have revealed whether the infant had a pre-existing intracranial hemorrhage-not an unusual finding in premature babies. Re-bleeding following hepatitis B vaccination has been described.
Rushing to vaccinate a fragile and sick premature infant in Middle America could be considered a form of child abuse.


Report 168563

VAERS ID 168563 Vaccination Date: 1995-07-12
Age 0.3 Date filed: 2001-04-12  
Sex M Where Administered: PVT
State OH Purchased by:  
Life Threatening Illness? Yes
Died? No
Disability? Yes
Recovered? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Current Illness: NONE
Diagnostic Lab Data: MR-showed cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment.
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: NONE
Preexisting Conditions: 3 months premature at birth; healthy
  Vaccinations Manufacturer Lot Dose Route Site
1 DTAP LEDERLE 390969 2 IM  
Onset Date: 1995-07-20 Number of Days: 8
Became fussy and took to doctor. He said it was a virus. Child became worse; went back to the doctor and he had a grand mal seizure and stopped breathing in the waiting room. He was taken to the hospital and almost died from seizures. MR showed cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment. The 60 day follow-up states cerebral palsy. Diagnosis from hospital: shaken baby syndrome with intracranial hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage, Traumatic Stupor - Coma

This baby was born at 28 weeks of gestation. He was reported to be "healthy" at age 3 months (which is when he was supposed to be born) when he received his SECOND series of three vaccines. He developed symptoms 8 days after vaccination and was evaluated by his doctor who felt that he had a viral illness and sent him home. The baby obviously had no evidence of injury or the physician would certainly have called social services and not discharged him.

The baby's condition deteriorated and he was brought back to the doctor's office where he convulsed and stopped breathing in the waiting room- while waiting to be seen. He was evidently hospitalized, had an MRI and became blind, palsied and permanently damaged.

Comments: The above report suggests that this infant may have received his first series of vaccination while still in the premature nursery as the July 1995 vaccinations were noted as the second series.
These circumstances do not suggest abuse and the timing of the severe seizures is highly compatible with a vaccine reaction. It is not known why the report was filed almost six years after the events.
Lot 390969 is a DTP lot and not DTAP. DTP contained the whole cell pertussis vaccine, a more reactogenic antigen than the acellular form in DTAP. It is this fact that prompted the CDC to ban the DTP and replace it by the DTAP. There were 8 other reports to VAERS with DTP 390969: 66129, 75239, 76157, 76167, 76476, 76860, 86318. Case 76476 had a seizure the day following vaccination.  
HIB lot 010LD (actually M010LD) resulted in 42 reports to VAERS and seven hospitalizations. One baby (report 77666), a 5 month-old female infant from North Carolina died. Although she had petechiae (due to low platelets), hemorrhagic pericarditis, heart failure and pulmonary edema, the cause of death was still listed as "SIDS". 



Report 178960

VAERS ID 178960 Vaccination Date: 2001-11-28
Age 3.0 Date filed: 2001-12-13  
Sex M Where Administered: PUB
State MO Purchased by: PUB
Life Threatening Illness? No
Died? No
Disability? No
Recovered? No
ER or Doctor Visit? No
Hospitalized? No
Current Illness: NONE
Diagnostic Lab Data: NONE
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: Phenobarbital; Baclofen; Robinul; Extendryl; Zyrtec Syrup; Nasonex Spray; Senocot Children’s Syrup; NaFl; Acetaminophen Solution; Atrovent Neb
Preexisting Conditions: Shaken baby syndrome at 5 weeks of age; Blind; CA; Seizures; 13 weeks premature; Disorder microcephaly; NPO with G-tubes
  Vaccinations Manufacturer Lot Dose Route Site
1 FLU WYETH 4018041 4 IM RA
Onset Date: 2001-11-28 Number of Days: 0
The pt had no problems immediately after injection or prior to being discovered dead in crib at 05:45 on 11/28/01. On the last check of pt at 03:00 on 11/28/01, he was laughing and playing. Death certificate indicates the child died from shaken baby syndrome (suffering from this since 5 weeks old according to the dept of health).

Comments: By stating: "the patient had no problems immediately after injection or prior to being discovered dead in crib at 05:45 on 11/28/01. On the last check of patient at 03:00 on 11/28/01, he was laughing and playing", whoever reported the case implied that this unfortunate death, just hours after this brain-damaged, fragile 3 year-old boy received a dose of flu vaccine, had nothing to do with the vaccination. 

There are no details about the 1998 events and findings that led to the original diagnosis of SBS. It is therefore impossible to know whether the 5 week-old infant was intentionally harmed or simply had findings and complications that are common in premature infants resulting from a 27- week gestation. What is truly incredible is the fact that the State Department of Health "“in an effort to exonerate the influenza vaccine - actually certified that the cause of death was an "injury" sustained 3 years earlier particularly when the child was stable. "laughing and playing" shortly after vaccination.

In 2001, the same flu vaccine was used for children and adults. The dose was ¼ cc for children under the age of 3 and ½ cc for children over 3. It is more than likely that such an impaired child who was fed by gastrostomy tube, was small in stature and weighed much less than an average 3-year old. Under the circumstances, many pediatricians would have scaled the dose of flu vaccine down to a ¼ cc. It is not known whether this was done.

There were 3 other reports filed with lot number 4018041. All 3 patients were females. Reports 181314 and 181315 were filed on 12/6/2001 by a NY nurse practitioner who described symptoms that occurred shortly after vaccination to two female patients, 38 and 57 year-old respectively, who were vaccinated on the same day.


Report 196685

VAERS ID 196685 Vaccination Date: 2002-09-27
Age 0.2 Date filed: 2003-01-23  
Sex F Where Administered: PVT
State NY Purchased by: PVT
Life Threatening Illness? No
Died? No
Disability? No
Recovered? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Current Illness:
Diagnostic Lab Data:
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications:
Preexisting Conditions:
  Vaccinations Manufacturer Lot Dose Route Site
2 HBHEPB MERCK & CO. INC. 1393L   LL  
Onset Date: 2002-09-29 Number of Days: 2
Shaken baby syndrome, brain disorder, acute loc, tachycardia, hypotension, papillary asymmetry.

Comments: In this report, a 2 month-old female from New York State received four vaccines (7 antigens) on 9/27/2002 and had several major problems 2 days later. Loss of appetite, somnolence, stupor and vomiting can certainly be attributed to a vaccine reaction. Increased tone, "brain syndrome" and the eye findings are more difficult to interpret without examining the patient and reviewing the chart.

DTAP U0542BA: There were 19 reports to VAERS. Twelve infants were seen by a physician or visited an ER and 6 were hospitalized.

One baby died: Case 182920, a 3 month-old male infant from NJ who received DTAP, Hepatitis B, HIB, IPV and Prevnar on 3/4/2002 and died suddenly ten days later. The autopsy revealed "myocarditis".

Comvax 1393L: There were 9 reports to VAERS with one death: Case 189147, a 2 month-old male infant who received DTAP, Comvax, IPV and Prevnar just like case 196685 on 8/6/2002 and died THE SAME DAY. The cause of death was reported as SIDS.

 Six children were seen in an ER and two were hospitalized.

Prevnar 484876: There were 5 reports to VAERS. Case 191343, a 7-month-old baby girl from Maryland had fever and a seizure on the day following vaccination.



Report 212657

VAERS ID 212657 Vaccination Date: 2003-10-02
Age 0.7 Date filed: 2003-11-18  
Sex M Where Administered: PVT
State TX Purchased by: UNK
Life Threatening Illness? No
Died? No
Disability? No
Recovered? No
ER or Doctor Visit? Yes
Hospitalized? No
Current Illness: none
Diagnostic Lab Data:
Previous Vaccinations:
Other Medications: none
Preexisting Conditions: Allergic to milk and egg noodles. Also skin is sensitive to lotions.
  Vaccinations Manufacturer Lot Dose Route Site
Onset Date: 2003-10-04 Number of Days: 2
Two days after he was given his shots he was acting different. He was screaming and lethargic. I took him to the hospital on October 4, 2003. He was given a cat scan and they said he had a subdural hematoma. He was also diagnosed with hydrocephalus. He was admitted to the hospital and watched until October 6, 2003. He then was seen by an eye doctor on the 7th and I was told he had retinal hemmoraging. He then was removed from my home because they said it was shaken baby syndrome. I am writing to you so that

Comments: This report was evidently filed by the mother who describes a change in behavior 2 days after vaccination (4 vaccines "“6 antigens) and who seems, in the last sentence, to be asking someone in VAERS for help.
The diagnosis of "shaken baby syndrome" was based on the fact that a subdural hemorrhage was seen on CT-scan and retinal hemorrhages were identified by an ophthalmologist.
Many experts are now convinced that subdural and retinal hemorrhages are NOT pathognomonic of "shaken baby syndrome".
The hydrocephalus could have pre-existed.
An MRI would have identified an older pre-existing subdural hemorrhage.
The baby apparently had food allergies. Here again, it is impossible to argue the case reasonably without seeing the baby and reviewing all the information. Unfortunately in this case, the VAERS information was limited.
DTAP U0996BA and HIB UA787A7 generated no reports to VAERS
Hepatitis B vaccine 5385A2 generated 13 reports.
Prevnar 493260 generated 9 reports. Two infants had seizures: Case 209404, a 2m-old female who convulsed on the day she was vaccinated and case 210624, a 19- month-old female who seized on the following day. Three infants were described as agitated and restless.



"Shaken Baby Syndrome" has become an exceedingly controversial diagnosis.

If any professional even "thinks" abuse, the adult who happened to be alone with the baby, will immediately become a suspect and considered guilty - from there on.

This "sordid game of musical chairs" -as it was described by an Australian colleague- is played out every day.

You are now the " Jury" and you have the evidence.

It is only fair that you be informed that if you were indeed in court, the prosecution will probably cleverly parade some intensive care pediatricians and other highly paid experts who will categorically state that vaccines have never caused serious reactions and have never killed anyone. They will specifically state that respiratory arrest, cerebral edema, intracranial and retinal hemorrhages cannot be due to multiple vaccinations and are only found as a result of vigorous and malicious shaking.

As I stated, the available information about the last case (212657) was limited but even so, does anyone really think that someone actually shook this baby - exactly 48 hours after he received six antigens - and shook him hard enough to cause all those problems?

It has been theorized by some "experts" who are determined to find a crime- where none exists - that parents and babysitters are more likely to lose their tempers and "shake" babies who are more demanding, particularly those who are born prematurely or have defects and special needs.

Some "other experts" who are unable to deny the vaccine connection, propose that an adult who hears a baby scream incessantly - after receiving a vaccine such as the DTP - can simply decompensate, lose his or her temper and start shaking the infant to death. Perhaps, as a colleague suggested, we should officially list Shaken Baby Syndrome as a vaccine reaction and indeed report it to VAERS.

The fact is that some premature babies do stop breathing and do have a drop in their pulse rate -Apnea and Bradycardia without any reason. This is why they are machine-monitored in the nursery and sometimes at home.

There is little doubt that regardless of what some experts preach, premature babies particularly those that are very premature (under 30 weeks gestation) and especially those with problems are indeed more prone to react to certain vaccines. Statements and quotes from studies on the vaccination of premature infants are listed below with references.


Keeping in mind that you must find the accused either guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or not guilty, what would your verdict be?


Vaccination of small premature babies

  1. From a 1994 study from Australia: 20% of premature infants receiving a DTP vaccination developed apnea and bradycardia within 24 hours of vaccination. Those infants who became symptomatic had a younger gestational age or had been ventilated. (1)
  2. From a 1997 study by the same authors: When considering immunization for preterm infants, the benefits of early immunization must be balanced against the risk of apnoea and bradycardia. We recommend that the cardio-respiratory function of hospitalized infants born at less than 31 weeks gestation be monitored for 48 h post immunization (2)
  3. From a 1999 study from the UK: Four premature infants developed apneas severe enough to warrant resuscitation after immunization with diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DPT), and Haemophilus influenzae B (Hib). One required re-intubation and ventilation. Although apneas after immunization are recognized, they are not well documented. It is time for further research to elucidate the best time to immunize such infants.(3)
  4. From a 2001 study from the UK: Apparent adverse events were noted in 17 of 45 (37.8%) babies: 9 (20%) had major events, i.e. apnea, bradycardia or desaturations, and 8 (17.8%) had minor events, i.e. increased oxygen requirements, temperature instability, poor handling and feed intolerance. Babies with major events were significantly younger (p < 0.05), had a lower postmenstrual age (p < 0.05) and weighed less (p < 0.05) at the time of vaccination compared with babies without major events "¦Of 27 babies vaccinated at 70 days or less, 9 (33.3%) developed major events "¦(4)
  5. From a 1997 US study: "¦However, 12 (12%) infants experienced a recurrence of apnea, and 11 (11%) had at least a 50% increase in the number of apneic and bradycardic episodes in the 72 hours after immunization. This occurred primarily among smaller preterm infants who were immunized at a lower weight (p = 0.01), had experienced more severe apnea of prematurity (p = 0.01), and had chronic lung disease (p = 0.03). CONCLUSION: The temporal association observed between immunization of preterm infants and a transient increase or recurrence of apnea after vaccination merits further study. Cardiorespiratory monitoring of these infants after immunization may be advisable.(5)


  1. Botham SJ, Isaacs D. Incidence of apnoea and bradycardia in preterm infants following triple antigen immunization. J Paediatr Child Health. 1994 Dec;30(6):533-5
  2. Botham SJ, Isaacs D, Henderson-Smart DJ. Incidence of apnoea and bradycardia in preterm infants following DTPw and Hib immunization: a prospective study. J Paediatr Child Health 1997; 33(5):418-21
  3. Slack MH, Schapira D. Severe apnoeas following immunisation in premature infants. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 1999; 81(1):F67-8.
  4. Sen S, Cloete Y, Hassan K, Buss P.Adverse events following vaccination in premature infants. Acta Paediatr. 2001 Aug;90(8):916-20.
  5. Sanchez PJ, Laptook AR, Fisher L, Sumner J, Risser RC, Perlman JM.
    Apnea after immunization of preterm infants. J Pediatr. 1997 May;130(5):746-51.

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