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Vaccination and diabetes: is there really a link?

The short answer is no. In 1998, an immunologist called Bart Classen published a study that suggested that children who started receiving vaccinations at two months of age were at a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes. While the rumour still persists, it’s been proven to be a false assumption.

There has been a marked increase in childhood diabetes, particularly in developed countries, but studies done in 2001 and 2002, that reviewed the records of thousands of children, have proven that there is no change to the risk of diabetes, whether a child is immunised or not, or at what age, as Classen initially suggested. In fact, no link between the two was found at all, in either of those studies or a subsequent follow up.

Since vaccinations can help to protect your child against potentially dangerous diseases, there’s no reason you should avoid them simply because you are worried about diabetes.

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