While researching vaccines before vaccinating my child with multiple food allergies, I came across a website that firmly states vaccinations cause food allergies.
Vaccinations Cause Food Allergies
The theory behind this belief is that by giving vaccines that contain food products used to stabilize and/or preserve the vaccines, especially to children under one year of age, we as parents, caregivers, and doctors are subjecting children to ingredients that cause the body to create antibodies against allergens.
The allergy antibody (IgE) made by our immune system is produced in response to our exposure to substances like pollen proteins that may induce unfortunate allergy immune reactions in predisposed individuals.
Since our youngest son's food allergies started shortly after his first set of vaccinations, this made me question if vaccinations really could be the cause of the recent rise in food allergies among young children?
Vaccinated Children and Food Allergies Statistics
According to the 2010 National Immunization Survey, released by the CDC in September 2011, 90% of children were vaccinated in 2010. The Food and Allergy Anaphylaxis Networks reports that approximately 6 million children in the U.S. have food allergies, that's as many as 1 in 13 (7.7%).
Base on those statistics, if 90% of children were vaccinated in the United States, and 7.7% of children in the United States have food allergies than approximately 6.93% of children vaccinated have food allergies. If vaccinations are the main cause of food allergies, then why haven't the other 83.07% of vaccinated children develop food allergies as well?
These statistics got me thinking.
Additional Early Exposure to Food Allergens.
If subjecting young children to ingredients that cause the body to create antibodies against allergens causes food allergies, then why don't breastfed babies have a higher rate of food allergies?
Breastfeeding mothers are educated to eat a well-balanced diet while breastfeeding; including meals that contain wheat, dairy, soy, peanut and other allergen ingredients. These ingredients are passed along to the baby through breast milk with each feeding, but not all breastfed babies develop food allergies.
Just a few years ago, food allergies were on the rise even though vaccinations were on the decline, because of the belief that vaccinations caused Autism. If vaccinations cause food allergies, why didn't we see a decrease in new food allergy cases during those years?
There are still so many unanswered questions about the connection between food allergies and vaccinations. The one thing I believe we all can agree on is that further research will need to be done on this topic before anyone can conclude that vaccinations cause food allergies.