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EHN: Vaccines Less Effective In Kids Exposed To PCBs
August 16, 2010, 2:11 pm
Filed under: News

Heilmann, C, E Budtz-Joergensen, F Nielsen, B Heinzow, P Weihe and P Grandjean. 2010. Serum concentrations of antibodies against vaccine toxoids in children exposed perinatally to immunotoxicants. Environmental Health Perspectives
Synopsis by Thea Edwards , Jennifer F. Nyland and Wendy Hessler

Children exposed to PCBs in their first years of life are less likely to develop immunity to disease after they are vaccinated, according to a new study. Overall, the study shows that cumulative exposure to environmental PCBs – particularly leading up to 18 months of age – may decrease immune system development, leaving vaccinated children still at risk for developing disease.
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