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Vaccines do not cause chronic disease | (UPI) -- Hypotheses that childhood vaccines cause chronic diseases such as asthma, multiple sclerosis and diabetes do not hold water, researchers report.

The study, published in March in the journal Pediatrics, analyzed multiple arguments that would support the link but found none of them valid.

One of the hypotheses suggests vaccines cause allergies to develop.

Although some factors such as improved hygiene and decreased exposure to common illnesses might make a child more vulnerable to developing allergies, this is not true of vaccine-related diseases, which are easily transmitted regardless of hygiene .

It is unfortunate anecdotal reports "have led some parents to delay or withhold vaccinations for their children," said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

He added, "Scientific studies have shown ... that reducing vaccination rates lead to increases in preventable infectious diseases."

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