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Posted in Support services, Surveys by Matt at WelcometoIllinois on July 21, 2008

So the chances are I am going to be taking a few extra sick days once our baby comes along if some new research about the impact of caring on a carer’s health is to be believed. According to the BBC: “Caring for children with developmental problems such as autism or Down’s syndrome can weaken parents’ immune systems”.

Researchers at Birmingham University found that “those caring for a child with developmental disability had lower levels of antibodies to the [pneumococcal] vaccine than those whose children did not have such difficulties.

“After one month, 20% of parents providing long-term care had an ineffective immune response, compared to 4% of the control group. At six months this had risen to 48% while the levels in the control group remained the same.”

Study leader Stephen Gallagher said stress was likely to be responsible for the immune deficiency.

More on this story here.

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  1. […] The Headlines on weakened immunity of caregivers I wrote the other day concerning the BBC’s report about research that indicated that carers of […]


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