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Children’s Health Listserv: Chemical Exposure May Compromise Vaccine Response
February 15, 2012, 3:03 pm
Filed under: News

 Children exposed to chemicals called PFCs — used in some non-stick cookware, stain-resistant coatings, fast-food packaging and microwave popcorn bags — have a reduced response to vaccines, raising the possibility that the compounds could prevent children from being adequately protected against disease, a new study shows.
The study, published in the Journal of thr American Medical Association focused on perfluorinated compounds, hundreds of which are in use, says study author Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health. Children can be exposed prenatally as well as environmentally. 
Because the compounds are water and grease resistant, they are used as coatings on paper plates, rainwear, upholstery and other uses. They can be absorbed through food, water and the dust from treated textiles. 
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