Vaccination and allergic disease: A birth cohort study

Tricia M. McKeever, Sarah A. Lewis, Chris Smith, Richard Hubbard

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Objectives. We examined the effect of vaccination for diphtheria; polio; pertussis and tetanus; or measles, mumps, and rubella on the incidence of physician-diagnosed asthma and eczema. Methods. We used a previously established birth cohort in the West Midlands General Practice research database. Results. We found an association between vaccination and the development of allergic disease; however, this association was present only among children with the fewest physician visits and can be explained by this factor. Conclusions. Our data suggest that currently recommended routine vaccinations are not a risk factor for asthma or eczema.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)985-989
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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