Classen Immunotherapies, Inc.

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Contact: J. Barthelow Classen, M.D., M.B.A.; President


Increased Risk of Childhood Diabetes Following Immunization

Receives National Recognition


Baltimore, February 16, 1998: ABC World News Tonight on February 16, presented a special report on the affect of common childhood vaccines on insulin dependent diabetes (IDDM). This broadcast highlights the growing concern about the long term risks of routine immunization and gives the subject the national recognition that was inevitable. Scientist have published data that insulin dependent diabetes has risen to epidemic rates in the US and abroad. This rise has been linked to the wide spread use of the Hemophilus influenza and other vaccines. Researchers around the world are working to better determine which chronic diseases are caused by particular vaccines.

        Insulin dependent diabetes has risen abruptly following the introduction of the Hemophilus influenza vaccine. The incidence of IDDM rose 60% in children under age 5 both in Finland and the US following the widespread use of the vaccine starting in the 1980s. A recent report from the United Kingdom also indicates a substantial rise in IDDM after the introduction of the Hemophilus influenza B vaccine in 1992. The increased risk of IDDM associated with the Hemophilus influenza vaccine alone is consistent with an additional 20,000-27,000 cases of IDDM in the US over a 10 year period. Elevation of diabetes have also been linked to he Hepatitis B vaccine and the BCG vaccine, which is supposed to protect against tuberculosis. The pneumococcal vaccine which is similar in design to the Hemophilus influenza vaccine as well as most other vaccines made from bacterial or viral fragments are likely to have a similar effect on IDDM. By contrast several studies suggest that vaccines may prevent infections without inducing diabetes if the vaccines are given according to certain methods.

        The effect of vaccines on diabetes, asthma and other diseases has become an major international health issue because of the potential magnitude of the effect. Vaccine studies typically only follow those immunized for a few weeks after immunization to see if they develop adverse reactions. By contrast vaccine induced diabetes may not occur for a year or more after immunization. Data also indicates that vaccines may prevent diabetes if given starting at birth. Researchers are also trying to determine if some cases of Gulf War Syndrome and asthma are caused by immunization. Articles regarding the long term health risks of immunization were published recently in The Economist and Science News, two well respected and well circulated publications. The special report by ABC News is further proof that the effect of pediatric vaccines on diabetes is now a major national health issue. For the latest information on the effects of vaccines on IDDM and other chronic diseases visit the Vaccine Safety Website ( http://vaccines.net ) .