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Note: The terms "immunization," "vaccination," and "inoculation" are used to mean essentially the same thing throughout this site.
Important Facts About Diabetes
  • Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not make enough or can not use its own insulin, which is needed to help the body absorb and use sugar from the bloodstream. People with diabetes have high blood sugar levels.
  • Many factors, including genetic and a number of possible environmental factors unrelated to vaccines, may influence the development of diabetes.
  • Diabetes knowledge, treatment and prevention strategies advance daily. Consult your health care provider for more information on the disease and its treatment.
What is Known About Diabetes and Vaccination
  • There is no proven evidence that vaccines cause or increase the risk of developing diabetes in people.
  • Comparisons of diabetes rates with vaccination schedules in a few countries have been interpreted by some as suggestive of a possible increase in risk of diabetes associated with vaccination.
  • Results of several scientific studies, however, have not shown relationship between vaccines and an increased risk of diabetes in people.
Assuring Vaccine Safety
  • To assure the safety of vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other Federal agencies routinely monitor and conduct research to examine any new evidence that would suggest possible problems with the safety of vaccines.
  • To report a health problem that followed vaccination, you or your health care provider should call the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at (800) 822-7967.

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