Asthma and Allergies
Several asthma and allergy researchers have found results similar to the earlier described relationship between immunization and IDDM. A group from New Zealand (Kemp, Pearce, Fitzharriset al.1997) found that asthma and allergies were more common in children that received pertussis vaccine than in those that were not immunized. Similar results have been suggested by others (Odent, Culpin & Kimmel, 1994) . More recently Dr. Julian Hopkin presented data at the British Thoracic Society meeting in 1997 which linked asthma to immunization. He has also published data that early immunization with BCG in Japan is associated with a decreased risk of IDDM (Shirakawa, Enomoto, Shimazuet al.1997).
The graph below shows that rate of asthma has risen sharply in the US recently and some believe that vaccines may be to blame.
August, 1998: Data from Sweden was published (Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 1998;152:734-738) showing the pertussis vaccine was associated with a 10% rise in asthma and allergies by the age of 2.5 years.