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Delaying DTP jab 'could reduce asthma risk'

A new study has highlighted the benefits of delaying the DTB vaccination.
New research has found that by delaying the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (DTP) vaccination by just two months, a child's risk of developing asthma in later life could be dramatically reduced.

Babies are supposed to have their first dose of the triple jab by the age of two months.

However a study of 11,531 children found that the likelihood of developing the respiratory disease asthma by the age of seven years was halved if this initial dose was delayed by two months.

Medical experts now believe that the first dose of the vaccine might provoke a response from the baby's immune system which predisposes them to the lung condition.

The study from researchers at Manitoba Institute for Child Health and the University of Manitoba, in Canada, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that as many as 12 per cent of children who received the standard immunisation schedule went on to develop asthma.

Dr Richard Harvorsen, the author of The Truth About Vaccines, said delaying between immunisations is a good idea.

He said: "This is a very interesting study which the government should look at.

"This study doesn't prove the immunisation schedule we use causes a problem but it is stupid not to consider it."

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