In the 1980s, an increasing number of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, deaths began to be associated with vaccines which had been administered just days, sometimes hours, earlier. While scientists and doctors have never officially declared a cause for babies that die suddenly without any apparent reason, many parents insist that immunizations triggered their baby’s death.
The DTP vaccine, long considered to be one of the most dangerous shots, was often implicated. In 1979, four children from Tennessee died within 24 hours of their first DPT shot. It turned out all of the children had received vaccines from the same production batch. Parents were fuming mad and the news media began to pick up on the stories.