Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Another good reason for MMR vaccination

It seems that in addition to its primary effect of virtually complete protection against measles, mumps and German measles, the vaccine (if given at the recommended age) conveys a slight, though measurable, resistance to the development of severe asthma. A study in Denmark found that:
 a study in Denmark looked at the records of over 800,000 children and found that MMR-vaccinated children were 25% less likely to be hospitalised with asthma than non-vaccinated children, and were also prescribed fewer courses of asthma medicine

Thanks to asthma.org.uk for the information. The report of the study is at http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/168/11/1277.full.pdf

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