Going against what some experts initially thought, a new study found that vaccines, specifically those used for human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B do not cause an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis over the long-term. The findings of the study were published in the JAMA Neurology journal.
In a statement from Dr. Robert Fox of Cleveland Clinic, this study will prove extremely helpful when addressing concerns of vaccines triggering multiple sclerosis because based on the findings there is absolutely no link between vaccines being administered and long-term development of this disease.
As part of the study, more than 4,000 people were studied by Kaiser Permanente, and then followed for three years. The goal of researchers was to determine if there was or was not any long-term connection between vaccinations, specifically for HPV and hepatitis B, and increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
Thanks to the results, experts are confident that no link exists, nor does one exist for other similar central nervous system diseases. However, what researchers involved with the study did find was a very small increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis within the first 30 days of being vaccinated although that risk completely vanished after that time period.
Dr. Fox believes that researchers were correct in saying this slight risk within the first 30 days was based on something already being there. In other words, this information suggests that vaccines could trigger the development of multiple sclerosis but only in people who would develop it regardless.
Because of the findings, Researchers do not plan to suggest any change in vaccine policy, which was supported by Dr. Fox.
Experts agree the findings of this new study are beneficial but they do not provide answers as to the cause or causes of multiple sclerosis. One of the things questioned by experts is whether triggers to the immune system become confused and thereby, attack the spinal cord and brain.
At this time, the cause of multiple sclerosis remains a mystery but as stated by Dr. Fox, there is ongoing research in an effort to get answers.