Vaccinations and Arthritis

Swedish researchers say routine adult vaccinations don’t appear to increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers examined vaccination histories of 2000 people between the ages of 18 and 70 with rheumatoid arthritis, and 2000 without it. Vaccinations included flu, tetanus, dephtheria, polio, and hepatitis among others. Results show the type or number of vaccinations a person receives has no impact on the likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis. But, they also point out the result does not rule out the possibility of vaccinations given earlier in life, or rare vaccinations triggering the development of the disease.

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