Confirmed Cause of Death Among Death Reports After the Administration of DTaP Vaccines in VAERS

Cause of DeathaNo. (%)
SIDS350 (48.3)
Undetermined98 (13.5)
Injury, poisoning, and certain other consequences of external causes70 (9.7)
Asphyxia or suffocation 49 (6.8)
Diseases of the respiratory system49 (6.8)
Pneumonia 24 (3.3)
Diseases of the circulatory system28 (3.9)
Certain infections and parasitic diseases29 (4.0)
Sepsis or septicemia 20 (2.8)
Congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities26 (3.6)
Diseases of the nervous system26 (3.6)
Diseases of the digestive system18 (2.5)
Intussusception 6 (0.8)
External causes of morbidity10 (1.4)
Otherb21 (2.9)
  • a Confirmed by review of death certificate, autopsy report, or medical record.

  • b Other causes include the following: symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings not elsewhere classified (8); complications of prematurity (5); certain conditions originating in the perinatal period (3); endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases (3); and neoplasms (2).