Early vaccination might be crucial for growth and health of African children


Vaccination of African babies directly after birth seems favorable for their growth and health, while vaccination later in life may have negative effects. This is shown by analyses carried out by health researcher Mike Berendsen and Big Data expert Jeroen Smits (Radboud University), who analysed the medical data of more than 350,000 African children.

The analyses were carried out at Smits’s Global Data Lab in cooperation with medical specialists Mihai Netea and Andre van der Ven. The team studied the effects of BCG vaccination (against tuberculosis), DTP vaccination (against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) and measles vaccination on growth and health of sub-Saharan African children under five. Read more >

Non-specific effects of vaccines and stunting: Timing may be essential
, Mike L.T. Berendsen, Jeroen Smits, Mihai G. Netea, André van der Ven, doi:10.1016/j.ebiom.2016.05.010

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