More children are suffering from arthritis than ever before. Unpublished data released June, 2007 from a study conducted jointly by the American College of Rheumatology and the American Academy of Pediatrics states nearly 300,000 children in the United States have significant arthritis. Dr. Brian Feldman, chief of the arthritis program at the Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Center in Toronto states that this number is “probably an underestimate.” The study did not include thousands of children who suffer with painful joints but have not yet been diagnosed. An Australian study confirms that the rate of childhood arthritis is four to six times higher than rates typically quoted.1Physicians are taught about 20 percent of children who are diagnosed with arthritis go on to develop chronic disease. However, new research suggests that the percentage is much greater than previously thought. Even when the acute painful episode subsides or goes into remission, relapses often occur. In a study of children who had arthritis isolated to one joint, called oligoarticular arthritis, 60 percent went into remission. Of those, nearly 40 percent had reoccurrences.
Despite assurances by the Institute of Medicine and the FDA that vaccines are safe and have no association with arthritis,
a review of medical literature suggests a different conclusion.2
Arthritis and the Hepatitis B Vaccine