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Correcting this week’s misinformation: week of August 10, 2023

How did Baby Corbyn die?

The Claim:

The Vaxxed bus is at it again, this time under the sponsorship of a certain environmental lawyer. Expect to see many videos claiming vaccines are causing harm, including this video about Baby Corbyn, whose death is being connected to their usual suspect.

The Facts:

This story is nearly a decade old, showing how uncommon it is for a child to pass away within a day of vaccination. It’s unlikely that the vaccine caused Corbyn’s death, as SIDS is a known cause of death, and flu vaccines are not correlated with SIDS.

SIDS often occurs in the age range when infants receive vaccines as part of their routine immunization schedule. Research has been conducted to investigate whether there is a link between vaccines, including flu vaccines, and SIDS.

The overwhelming consensus from multiple studies and medical organizations is that there is no evidence to support a causal relationship between vaccines and SIDS.  In fact, research has shown that infants receiving vaccines are at a lower risk of SIDS than those not vaccinated.

Each year, between 6,000 and 27,000 children are hospitalized with influenza. Among children killed by influenza, 80% were not fully vaccinated.

Are vaccines weakening military readiness?

The Claim:

Twitter account run by a former rapper known as Fokiss is claiming that vaccine-caused myocarditis will kill off 75% of our military members suffering the adverse reaction within ten years.

The Facts:

The information provided contains inaccuracies and misconceptions about myocarditis and its associated statistics.

  • Misconception about Mortality: Myocarditis can be a serious condition, but the mortality rate is not as high as 75%. Many people with myocarditis recover with appropriate medical care and treatment, and the outcome varies depending on the severity of the condition, underlying health of the individual, and other factors.
  • Misunderstanding of Occurrence: Myocarditis is a serious condition, but it’s important to note that it is not as rare as “one in a million.” The numbers mentioned (30,000 to 150,000 out of a million) do not accurately represent the occurrence of myocarditis.
  • Underestimating COVID: Anti-vaccine activists claim that vaccines have caused a jump in cardiovascular injuries, yet COVID infections are more likely to cause them. The relative risk for myocarditis is more than 7 times higher from COVID infection than from vaccination.

A person trying to reduce their risk of myocarditis would do well to avoid COVID and its worst complications through vaccination and other measures.

Are cardiac side effects more common than we think?

The Claim:

Several online influencers across platforms are boosting a newly published Swiss study, claiming the study proves that cardiac events after vaccination are more common than we are being led to believe.

The Facts:

An interesting note: our former rapper from above also cited an article discussing this Swiss study. Why does this matter? The study concludes that vaccine-induced myocarditis is mild and people’s outcomes are good.

The study investigated the effects of an mRNA COVID booster vaccination on the heart. The authors found that about 2.8% of participants showed elevated levels of a protein called high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) in their blood after receiving the booster. This protein can indicate possible heart injury. It can also indicate someone has just finished strenuous exercise and many other conditions.

The study did not measure participants’ baseline levels before vaccination, so some individuals might have had elevated levels before getting the vaccine. The troponin elevation observed was moderate and transient, similar to what can occur after intense physical activity. This moderate increase may not mean anything about the vaccine or myocarditis.

The risk of severe cardiovascular problems from COVID is higher than the mild and transient effects observed in the study. COVID can lead to serious heart complications, making the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the minimal risks indicated by the study.

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