Editor's note: I received the following e-mail earlier this month. I followed up by asking this "autism Mom" if we could use her name with this fascinating research but did not hear back, so we are publishing it without her name. I'd be very interested to hear feedback on this piece.
-- Dan Olmsted
Dear Mr. Olmsted,
I am an autism Mom who occasionally dabbles in online medical research (usually spawned by reading one of the great articles on your site and other mostly autism sites as well). As of late, I happened to be perusing the ingredients list (prescription information or package
insert) of several pediatric vaccinations.
Based solely on the list found HERE, I noted five (5) vaccines that indicated occurrences of (new onset) diabetes mellitis or type II after administering the vaccination. Those five (5) vaccinations and the link to the prescribing information and corresponding page number are:
1) M-M-R(R) II (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live) by Merck & Co., Inc.
- See: Adverse Reactions, Endocrine System - Page 7
2) PEDIARIX(R) [Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Hepatiti s B (Recombinant) and Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine Combined] by GlaxoSmithKline http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_pediarix.pdf - See: Adverse Reactions - Page 13
3) BOOSTRIX(R) (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed) by GlaxoSmithKline http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_boostrix.pdf - See: Serious Adverse Events in All Safety Studies - Page 10
4) HAVRIX (R) (Hepatitis A Vaccine) by GlaxoSmithKline http://us.gsk.com/products/assets/us_havrix.pdf - See: Adverse Reactions, Clinical Trials Experience - Page 5
5) Prevnar(R) Pneumococcal 7-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria
CRM197 Protein) by Wyeth-Ayerst
http://www.wyeth.com/content/ShowLabeling.asp?id=134 - See: Adverse Reactions, Pre-Licensure Clinical Trial Experience - Page 15
Please note that I did not pull the information on vaccines (in the table again found here: http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/thi-table.htm)
under the categorie s Anthrax; Rabies; Typhoid Fever; Varicella Zoster (Herpes Zoster/Shingles) or Yellow Fever. I omitted these simply because (to the best of my knowledge) they are not commonly administered. Also, there were two (2) or three (3) vaccinations whose links to the package insert information were no longer working, so I did not check those, either.
After reading the article "Charting the Type II Diabetes Epidemic:
Trends among Children Receiving Medicaid in Kentucky." at the website of NLM (National Library of Medicine) Gateway - http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=102273812.html - one can deduce that health officials find diabetes mellitis (type II) to be very commonplace amongst children in minority and poverty level populations stating specifically Medicaid recipients. My best guess would be that the vast majority of children depending upon health coverage by Medicaid were in fact vaccinated.
While some of the clinical trials indicate that only 1 case of new onset diabetes occurred, they had done a study on a sickeningly small amount of test subjects. When I think about the millions of children vaccinated in this country and recall all of the many health alerts about the epidemic of children developing type II diabetes, I truly wish I were a statistician.
Is any of this curious, or am I way off base on this? I would greatly appreciate your educated feedback on this matter.
Thank you for your time and continued support of the autism community.