DPT and Tetanus Vaccination
“Effects of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis or tetanus vaccination on allergies and allergy-related respiratory symptoms among children and adolescents in the United States.”
This study describes the association of DPT or tetanus vaccination with allergies and allergy-related respiratory symptoms among children and adolescents in the United States.
Data utilised in the study was from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on infants aged 2 months through adolescents aged 16 years. Other data such as lifetime allergy history, allergy symptoms, and DTP or tetanus vaccination were based on parental or guardian recall. In estimating the effects of DPT or tetanus vaccination on every allergy, logistic regression modeling was conducted.
Vaccinated subjects had higher odds of asthma history than unvaccinated subjects. (twice as great!)
Vaccinated subjects also had higher odds of any allergy-related respiratory symptom in the past 12 months than unvaccinated subjects. (63% greater!)
The associations between vaccination and subsequent allergies and symptoms were greatest among children aged 5 through 10 years.
Eric L. Hurwitz, DC, PhD and Hal Morgenstern, PhD, JMPT 2000, 23:81–90
DTP or tetanus vaccination appears to increase risk of allergies and related respiratory symptoms in children and adolescents.