No, not the controversial H1N1 vaccine. There may be another new vaccine available in the near future (a few years). Are you ready???
A TYPE 1 DIABETES VACCINE!!!
Call my cynical, but I think this is ridiculous.
There was a short article about said vaccine in USA Weekend on Sunday. The University of Massachusetts Medical School, in partnership with the JDRF, has a two year plan for this oral drug. In the next two years they will evaluate and test the drug.
Who will receive this vaccine? Good question. Children who are “at-risk”. Again, maybe I’m being cynical…but seriously, what does “at-risk” mean?!?!
Doctors don’t even know what causes Type 1 diabetes. They have lists of potential contributing factors. So, who gets to be considered “at-risk”?
Maybe you think your body attacked your poor pancreas because of an infection. How many people get infections? Millions. Maybe a stressful childhood? Look at how many kids are in the foster care systems across the nation. Genetics? It doesn’t run in my family. Frankly, most T1ers I know don’t have any of these “contributing factors”.
If there was a cure we wouldn’t need a damn vaccine. I mean, it would be nice if AFTER there was a cure, researchers developed a vaccine to prevent T1.
Personally, call me crazy. I think research money should go to a cure first, THEN a vaccine.
Plus, how are they developing a vaccine if doctors don’t even know what causes T1? Am I missing something?