Vaccinated children are not at higher risk of contracting infections or allergic diseases, says a new study.
Roma Schmitz and her colleagues from the Robert Koch Institute investigated whether vaccinations put too much strain on or weaken children's immune systems.
Their data is based on the results of the German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents (KiGGS).
In their study, the authors compared the occurrence of infections and allergies in vaccinated and unvaccinated children and adolescents. These include bronchitis, eczema, colds, and gastrointestinal infections.
The evaluation showed that unvaccinated children and adolescents differ from their vaccinated peers merely in terms of the frequency of vaccine preventable diseases.
These include pertussis, mumps, or measles. As expected, the risk of contracting these diseases is substantially lower in vaccinated children and adolescents.
The research is published in the current issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International.