In recent years, particularly in the United States, vaccinations, specifically the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP) combined vaccination, have been postulated as a mimic of shaken baby syndrome. An autoimmune mechanism for cerebral injury has been speculated but, unlike pathology that may occur with rabies vaccination, no such mechanism has been demonstrated or proved with the DTP vaccine.129
A combined vaccine that has been reported to have a causal relationship with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is the mumps, measles, rubella (MMR) vaccine. Miller et al.130 estimate that the absolute risk of developing ITP within 6 weeks of receiving the MMR vaccine is 1 in 22,300 doses. However, none of the cases presented in their paper had evidence of SDH.130
Thus, to date no peer-reviewed papers have demonstrated a categorical causal link between vaccinations and SDH. In the paper by Clementson (discussed in the section on vitamin deficiencies), the author hypothesizes a link between vaccinations, vitamin C deficiency, abnormal histamine levels, and SDH but presents no research-based evidence supporting the theory. A second theoretical paper on the subject, also authored by Clementson,131 again postulates that inoculations cause a variant of infantile scurvy (Barlow disease). Although he again argues that vascular fragility may led to SDH and retinal hemorrhages during the normal handling of a child following inoculations, he presents no raw data or peer-reviewed research supporting his theory.
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