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From Concord, New Hampshire, USA:

There was a previous question that spoke of a link between diabetes and congenital rubella. Has there been any study about a link between a pregnant woman receiving the MMR vaccine and her child developing type 1 diabetes at an early age? Is this something someone would want to study or research to determine if there is a link? If so, wouldn't this have potential to prevent other cases of diabetes?


About 20 years ago, the CDC made a study of the effect of rubella immunisation of women in the three months before becoming pregnant and in the first trimester in a group who did not realise that they were pregnant. There was no increase in the incidence of the maternal rubella syndrome in the infants, but it was not clear whether the follow up had been long enough to include development of type 1 diabetes. It was nonetheless concluded that pregnant women should not be immunised for rubella. I could find no report of study linking early MMR immunisation in the mother to subsequent diabetes in the offspring.


Additional comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:

It has been studied and there is no known association between immunizations of MMR and diabetes. Link between congenital rubella and diabetes, however, is well known for more than two decades.


Original posting 2 Apr 2002
Posted to Research: Causes and Prevention


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