My son was diagnosed with Type 1 two years ago at the age of 9 1/2. Ten weeks after diagnosis we agreed to an experimental vaccination of B.C.G., an old tuberculosis vaccine being studied in clinical trials at the University of Michigan, and the Barbara Davis Center in Denver. Do you have any information on this treatment and/or the studies?
BCG vaccine has been available for many years as a vaccine against tuberculosis, but we are not recommending that people with diabetes get BCG vaccinations (unless there's a specific reason to use it to avoid tuberculosis).
Use of BCG vaccine for prevention of diabetes is experimental. You should have been given a whole bunch of papers to review before signing an "informed consent" to have your son participate in such a study. Ask the Study Coordinator for an update on what's developing.
Use of the BCG vaccine to prolong the honeymoon period is also experimental, and results won't be in for a year or more.
Maybe someday, research studies will show a clear benefit for using BCG for diabetes prevention, but it's much too early to recommend its routine use for this reason.
Original posting 28 Apr 96
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:52
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