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From San Jose, California, USA:

My husband has had Type 1 diabetes since the age of 25 (no family history of diabetes). At the time he was in the Navy. They gave him (among many others) a smallpox vaccination. He had a severe reaction to the smallpox vaccine and a few months later was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Are they related?


I know that the military still have a policy of still vaccinating against smallpox for all active duty personnel even though the disease has been thought extinct. I don't think that the vaccination could have been a crucial factor in the onset of his diabetes. Any genetic predisposition would have been already present; although depending on the actual type of diabetes that he has, the effect of the complications might have been to hasten the clinical phase.


Original posting 10 Jun 1999
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention


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