Vaccines and Asthma

In past years, there has been speculation that specific or multiple childhood vaccines could lead to an increased risk of childhood asthma. But more recent research does not support the theory.

One large study found no increased risk of developing childhood asthma from the diphtheria, tetanus, whole cell pertussis vaccine; the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine; and the oral polio vaccine.

Vaccines are an especially important precaution for children with asthma. According to the American Lung Association, many hospitalizations due to asthma could be prevented by the annual flu vaccine, which has been proven safe for both children (over age 6 months) and adults with asthma.

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