Italy: Cot or crib death aka Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) of a young girl was the result of the causal connection with the administration of a hexavalent vaccine


A little girl born in September 2002 was vaccinated with a hexavalent vaccine on January 17, 2003 and died the following month from cot or crib death, also known as SIDS.   A 1998 Italian law establishes that the government must give compensation payments to persons damaged by irreversible complications due to mandatory vaccines.

A court in Pesaro, Italy has found the Italian Ministry of Health liable of such and has established a compensation of 200,000 euros plus 700 euros per month for the girl’s family. The family consultant held the view that the death of the child was likely because of the administration of the vaccine given on January 17, 2003 and the judge assumed exactly this for the following reasons:

– The Italian Ministry of Health did not dispute the family’s claims.
– The little girl, in the first three months of her life, had grown up in a constant way and then her given welfare prior to administration of the vaccine was irrefutable,
– Only after the vaccination, health problems occurred which were properly documented for twenty days after the vaccination and which resulted in the death.

The news was picked up by several magazines, including “Il Resto del Carlino”, in the pages of Pesaro and “Viverepesaro”.

The topic of cot or crib death or SIDS is addressed in an interesting abstract from:

Thomas Bajanowski, Åshild Plant, et al. , accepted 10 May 2006, published online 28 June 2006.

It says:

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) still accounts for considerable numbers of unexpected infant deaths in many countries. While numerous theories have been advanced to explain these events, it is increasingly clear that this group of infant deaths results from the complex interaction of a variety of heritable and idiosyncratic endogenous factors interacting with exogenous factors. This has been elegantly summarised in the “three hit” or “triple risk” model. Contradictions and lack of consistencies in the literature have arisen from diverse autopsy approaches, variable applications of diagnostic criteria and inconsistent use of definitions. An approach to sudden infant death is outlined with discussion of appropriate tissue sampling, ancillary investigations and the use of controls in research projects. Standardisation of infant death investigations with the application of uniform definitions and protocols will ensure optimal investigation of individual cases and enable international comparisons of trends.


Scholars still have a whole series of questions about methods of investigation to explain cot or crib death or SIDS and have arrived at a reasonable conclusion that the event is a “consequence of a complex interaction of endogenous factors that interact with exogenous factors.” Vaccinations are one of these.


Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti