From Cairo, Egypt:
My eight year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes six months ago, and his doctor here advised that he must take vaccine for influenza and hepatitis A. What's your opinion? Is it safe for a child with diabetes to take such vaccines? Will they affect his immune system?
The issue of vaccinations and type 1 diabetes has been raised only in terms of causing diabetes in people at risk, but is unfounded. Nobody has ever argued about a possible adverse effect of vaccines on the immune system in subjects already affected by diabetes. We do advise our patients with type 1 diabetes to take vaccines according to usual schedules.
Original posting 14 Oct 2001
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