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Celiac Disease and the Pneumonia Vaccine

November 10, 2019


I’m Gabe Garza with today’s health news. Celiac
disease doesn’t just affect the digestive system. Researchers in England found that
people who had Celiac disease had an increased risk of getting pneumonia if they had not
been vaccinated. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder. People with Celiac disease cannot
metabolize gluten which is found in grains like wheat and rye. Instead of fighting off
infections as the immune system normally does, the body creates antibodies which attack its
own tissues. Once Celiac patients change to a gluten-free diet, their bodies heal and
immunity to infections returns. Researchers studied almost 10,000 patients with Celiac
disease and more than 100,000 who did not have the disease. They found that overall
rates of pneumonia were similar in both groups. Unvaccinated patients with Celiac disease,
however, had a 28 percent increased risk of developing pneumonia compared to the unvaccinated
control group. Researchers say that vaccination should be strongly considered for those with
celiac disease. For more information visit dailyRx.com.

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