Infanrix Kills and Maims, but GSK Hid It from Doctors & Parents

GSK wanted to keep the public from knowing about the adverse effects of their Infanrix vaccine. The secret report slipped out, and it’s revealing. It validates the recent study showing that multiple vaccine doses increase the death rate by 50%—but there’s no real change to the safety advice.

by Heidi Stevenson

Infanrix is a vaccine that was released without any serious testing for safety, in spite of the fact that it contains antigens of six diseases for injection into babies as young as two months. In a cozy relationship with government, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was able to keep information about harm from the public. Fortunately, that secrecy was broken with the leak of a report given to the Belgian government. It delineates 1,742 adverse events associated with Infanrix[1].

Adverse Events

These are adverse effects that were reported to GSK. The information is not pretty—especially when you realize that the vast majority of vaccine injuries are never reported and that deaths counted included only sudden death. First, though, let’s just take a quick look at what the report admitted happened over the two-year period from 23 October 2009 through 22 October 2011:

That silly ol’ document showing all that nasty stuff that could happen? Don’t fret your little head over it! After all, you really weren’t supposed to know, anyway. Don’t worry. Trust us!

  • 825 adverse effects were identified.
  • 36 deaths occurred.
  • Adverse events include autism, encephalitis, heart failure, gaze palsy (indicative of neurological damage), gastrointestinal hemorrhage, jaundice, mental retardation (classed as not serious!), removal of part of the intestine (also defined as not serious!), opisthotonos (yet again labeled as not serious!), paralysis. Guillain Barré syndrome, convulsions, and many others.

Naturally, not all the reported events were actually caused by Infanrix. GSK reported that the number of reported adverse events was only 14.6 per 100,000. However, as reported by Initiative Citoyenne, the doctors’ publication, Revue française du Practicien, reports that this figure is likely only 1-10% of the reality[2].

Spinning and Twisting the Results

On page 11 of the report, GSK unequivocally states that they are the arbiters of what constitutes a serious event[1]. As noted above, though, they classed mental retardation, opisthotonos, and removal of part of the intestine as not serious!

You have to wonder just how twisted other aspects of the report might be—and we don’t need to go far to see. GSK decided to add only one reference of additional risk to their Reference Safety Information. The only thing they decided to add was syncope (fainting), and even then they attempted to minimize it by stating:

Syncope (fainting) can occur following, or even before, any vaccination as a psychogenic response to the needle injection. It is important that procedures are in place to avoid injury from faints.

They deprecate the seriousness of fainting, which can be indicative of severe adverse effects, such as neurological damage, by saying that any vaccination can cause it and, worse, that it’s just an emotional reaction. There seems to be no limit to the degree that GSK will go in its effort to whitewash Infanrix.

Gaze Palsy

Gaze palsy is a condition in which the eyes cannot track together. It’s generally indicative of brain damage. The report states that the European Medicines Agency has expressed concern about reports of Infanrix in association with this disorder. Therefore, the report specifically covers the problem.

The first question that comes to mind is: Why didn’t the EMA notify the public that there is some concern about Infanrix and this disorder? Surely, if the agency exists to protect the public, then any concern it has about Infanrix would be expressed so that parents could decide how to proceed. That, though, hasn’t happened.

GSK provides a large table listing 70 reported gaze palsy cases with associated symptoms. These include loss of consciousness, convulsion, spasms, cyanosis, opisthotonos, extrapyramidal disorder, and epilepsy. Most of these symptoms showed up in many cases. 45 of the 70 cases occurred on the day of vaccination.

They indicate that most of the cases cleared up without sequelae. Of course, they don’t spend any time on follow-up. What would have shown up if they’d watched these children for 2-5 years? Would brain damage then become more obvious?


It is now clear from a recent study that more doses of vaccines at one time result in significantly greater risk to health. As reported in Gaia Health, the mortality rate in children who have 5-8 vaccine doses at one time have a death rate that’s 50% greater than those who are given 1-4 vaccine doses[3].

That’s a highly significant risk. The study doesn’t focus on the specific causes of death, but instead clarifies that multivalent vaccines equate to seriously damaged health. The study also revealed that children with double the number of vaccine doses were twice as likely to be hospitalized.

The five antigen doses of Infanrix are in the range of the 5 to 8 doses that the study found cause 50% more child deaths and double the hospitalizations.

Your Right to Know?

Do you think there’s a right to know the risks of a vaccine before it’s administered? Do you think you should be informed that Infanrix can cause convulsions, epilepsy, autism, and a wide range of other devastating and life destroying damage?

In fact, the official document for the public goes to great lengths to indicate that there’s no excess risk with Infanrix. Aside from the standard boilerplate type of commentary, here’s what it says[4]:

A history of febrile convulsions, a family history of convulsions or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) do not constitute a contraindication for the use of Infanrix hexa. … [Emphasis mine]

… HIV infection is not considered as a contraindication. …

… Limited data in 169 premature infants indicate that Infanrix hexa can be given to premature children …

… Infanrix hexa should be administered with caution to subjects with thrombocytopenia or a bleeding disorder since bleeding may occur following an intramuscular administration to these subjects.

Of course, they may add a little note about the possibility of fainting, but there’s no need to worry! It’s just a psychological thing, something that could happen with any vaccine.

The approach is little more than a come-one-come-all carnival-like bid to get you in the door with Jen’s or Jeff’s arm, leg, or other body part sticking out, ready for administration of yet another toxic assault on your child.

That silly ol’ document showing all that nasty stuff that could happen? Don’t fret your little head over it! After all, you really weren’t supposed to know, anyway. Don’t worry. Trust us!

You surely don’t want to wander through GSK’s Garden of Secrets, do you?


  1. CONFIDENTIAL TO REGULATORY AUTHORITIES. Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus and Acellular Pertussis, Hepatitis B, enhanced Inactivated Poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine
  2. Safety of the Infanrix Hexa Vaccine: Confidential Document from GSK to the Authorities, Initiative Citroyenne press release.
  3. Mortality Rate 50% Higher with More Vaccine Doses
  4. Summary of Product Characteristics for Infanrix hexa

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