Skip to Content

Join the 'Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative' group to help and get support from people like you.

Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative News

Toxic Chemicals May Weaken Infants' Response to TB Vaccine

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – Exposure to toxic chemicals while in the womb or in early life may weaken a baby's immune system response to the tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, researchers say. The study focused on two common toxins: PCBs, an industrial chemical; and DDT, used in pesticides. These so-called "persistent" pollutants are not easily broken down and remain a health threat years after being banned. PCBs were banned in the United States in 1979. DDT is banned in the United States, but is still used in some countries to control malaria-carrying mosquitoes, the study authors, from the University of Rochester in New York, said in a university news release. The researchers analyzed blood samples and immune responses from 516 pairs of mothers and infants in an area of Slovakia heavily contaminated with environmental toxins. Each baby received the tuberculosis vaccine in their first four days ... Read more

Related support groups: Tuberculosis, BCG, Poisoning, Tuberculosis - Latent, Tuberculosis - Active, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Tuberculosis - Prophylaxis, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Diagnosis and Investigation, Tubersol, Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative, Tuberculosis - Extrapulmonary, Tice BCG, Aplisol, Tuberculous Meningitis, Tuberculin Tine Test, Vaccination and Prophlaxis, Tice BCG Vaccine, Tuberculosis - Resistant, Mono-Vacc Test (OT)

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Diagnosis and Investigation

Related Drug Support Groups

Tubersol, Aplisol, Tuberculin Tine Test, Mono-Vacc Test (OT), Aplitest, Sclavo Test-PPD

Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative Patient Information at