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Abstract Title:

Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy?

Abstract Source:

Epidemiology. 1997 Nov ;8(6):678-80. PMID: 9345669

Abstract Author(s):

T Kemp, N Pearce, P Fitzharris, J Crane, D Fergusson, I St George, K Wickens, R Beasley

Article Affiliation:

T Kemp

Abstract:

The Christchurch Health and Development Study comprises 1,265 children born in 1977. The 23 children who received no diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) and polio immunizations had no recorded asthma episodes or consultations for asthma or other allergic illness before age 10 years; in the immunized children, 23.1% had asthma episodes, 22.5% asthma consultations, and 30.0% consultations for other allergic illness. Similar differences were observed at ages 5 and 16 years. These findings do not appear to be due to differential use of health services (although this possibility cannot be excluded) or con-founding by ethnicity, socioeconomic status, parental atopy, or parental smoking.

Study Type : Human Study

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