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July 3, 1999

Research: Causes and Prevention

Question from Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA:

Please tell me if there is any link between childhood immunizations and the development of Type 1 diabetes.


From: DTeam Staff

There was a flurry of reports a few years ago to the effect that the timing of routine immunisation was related to the onset of Type 1A (autoimmune) diabetes.These reports emanated primarily from one investigator. They were subsequently discounted in a report from the Communicable Disease Center. There is one valid exception, however: which is that if a mother has not had German Measles (rubella) or has not been immunised against rubella, then the infant is at increased risk for this form of the disease.


[Editor’s comment: The reports related to immunizations can be found on the vaccines.net web site. The web site is run by Classen Immunotherapies, Inc., owned by John Barthelow Classen, M.D., and author of the reports. Also, see Concerns about Diabetes and Vaccines: Questions and Answers from the Centers for Disease Control web site.