Tuberculosis vaccine could be key to battling food allergies

Australian researchers at The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute believe the 100 year old Tuberculosis vaccine could hold the key to preventing food allergies in children.

In a world-first trial, hundreds of newborn babies will receive the tuberculosis vaccine in a bid to boost their immune system and reduce food allergies, asthma, eczema and hayfever.

Researchers believe the vaccine, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) not only protects against the Tuberculosis disease, but it could also inadvertently act as an anti-hygiene vaccine and could have hidden benefits that boost children’s immune system, protect against allergic disease and help fight infection.

Fourteen hundred babies will be recruited onto the trial, with half given BCG. To register for the trial phone (03) 9936 6042 or www.misbair.org.au .

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