Vaccination timing does not affect onset of celiac disease

By Jason Clevenger

Summary: A group of Swedish researchers examined common vaccinations for children, including MMR (measles/mumps/rubella), diphtheria/tetanus, pertussis and polio, to determine if the administration time of the vaccines affected the development of celiac disease later in life. The researchers found no significant correlation between timing of a particular vaccine and the likelihood of developing celiac disease.

Conclusion: While this study is most directly relevant to the Swedish national vaccine program, this study is likely to defuse lingering concerns about the potential effect of vaccination as a factor in the development of celiac disease in children.


[1] “Early vaccinations are not risk factors for celiac disease”, Myléus A, Stenlund H, Hernell O, Gothefors L, Hammarström ML, Persson LÅ, Ivarsson A., Pediatrics 2012 Jul;130(1):e63-70. Epub 2012 Jun 25.

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