Immunizations and Type 1 Diabetes


In the past several years, there have been several press reports about claims that vaccinations of young children cause type 1 diabetes. Specifically mentioned is the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine. Given the proven health benefits of vaccinations and the desire to prevent type 1 diabetes, these concerns are clearly worth investigating. However, there are many peer reviewed studies, published in respected scientific journals, that show no correlation between immunizations and increased risk for type 1 diabetes. The claims of an association between immunizations and type 1 diabetes are not supported by the data, according to the studies referenced below.

vaccinations do not cause type 1 diabetes
Childhood vaccinations, vaccination timing, and risk of type 1 diabetes mellitus, published in the December 2001 issue of Pediatrics, concluded "... we did not find an increased risk of type 1 diabetes associated with any of the routinely recommended childhood vaccines."

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