Rotavirus Vaccine Associated with Lower Incidences of Type 1 Diabetes

Rotavirus, which directly infects pancreas cells and causes cell death via apoptosis, has previously been associated with type 1 diabetes (T1D).

To further investigate whether natural infection with the virus was a causative factor in T1D, a team of investigators analyzed publicly available data in Australian children following the introduction of the rotavirus to the Australian National Immunisation Program in 2007 regarding the incidence of T1D in Australian children before and after the oral RV vaccine.

Among their findings, the team found the first evidence of a decline in T1D incidence following implementation of the oral rotavirus vaccine into a routine immunization schedule.


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