Did You Know?: Common Chemicals May Weaken Vaccine Efficacy
I’m Jeremy Shere.
The kinds of common household chemicals found in things like non-stick cookware, food packaging, and fabrics make our lives easier. But did you know that these same chemicals may also make vaccines less effective?
According to a recent study, the more children are exposed to perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, the lower their chances of having a good immune response to vaccines.
The bad news is that PFCs are everywhere, and they’re hard to get rid of. They tend to hang around in the environment for years and easily find their way into people and animals.
The good news is that the Environmental Protection Agency has begun phasing out the use of some PFCs. In the United States, at least, PFC levels are falling. But elsewhere around the world, PFCs show no signs of declining. Which could spell trouble for kids’ health.
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