Childhood vaccines are 'not effective in the long term'

30 January 2012

New health research could change the way in which vaccines are given to children to cure them of illnesses.

Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta have provided evidence which shows that vaccines used to thwart childhood infections have a tendency to eventually fail.

According to the study, which was published in the latest issue of Nature Genetics, bacteria in many illnesses work to disguise their appearance over time, so to prevent a vaccination from being effective.

With the findings, medical professionals may now have the means to develop vaccines which can be more effective for a longer period of time.

Derrick Crook, professor of microbiology at the University of Oxford and infection control doctor at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, noted: "Our work suggests that current strategies for developing new vaccines are largely effective but may not have long-term effects that are as successful as hoped."

In other developments related to a young person's health, American Sociological Association researchers have recently found that childhood obesity is not directly linked to kids being served junk food in schools.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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