Child mortality rates by the numbers

Another one of the things that anti-vaccine and alternative medicine (which is not medicine, by the way) use to justify their corrupted way of thinking is the fact that the United States is not at the bottom of the list when it comes to infant mortality rates. If you look at the headlines, the US has the highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world. Maybe. To the anti-vaccine activists, it’s because the US has a robust vaccination program. To the alt med crowd, it’s because we rely so heavily on medicine to, you know, get cured from disease. I’m almost willing to bet that it’s because we drive too many cars to the environmental activists and because we have too many Mexicans to the anti-immigration bigots. That’s how bias works. You see something and attribute it to the thing you hate.

But why did I write “maybe” up there? Continue reading