Delay in DPT vaccination associated with a reduced risk of asthma

Early childhood immunizations have been viewed as promoters of asthma by:

- stimulating a TH2-type immune response
- decreasing "microbial pressure," thus shifting the balance between TH1 and TH2 immunity


Th1 and Th2 subsets (mind map).

Canadian researchers found that among 11, 531 children who received at least 4 doses of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT), the risk of asthma was reduced to ½ in children whose first dose of DPT was delayed by more than 2 months.



Mayo Clinic on Apr 8, 2011: Whooping cough. It's a bacterial infection that's risen to epidemic levels in some parts of the U.S. In adults, the symptoms can be mild, but if the infection is spread to a baby who hasn't yet received a full course of vaccinations, whooping cough can be very serious.

References:
Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma. JACI, Volume 121, Issue 3, Pages 626-631 (March 2008).

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