It seems like mainstream articles, forums etc. all focus on the vax-autism link. But you never hear anything about the vax-RA link. I've seen a few references to it on this board so I am curious--what is the current thinking on that one?
I believe it's mostly from the Rubella component of the live MMR vaccine. I don't know if other vaccines are suspect in causing it, but I know the R is for sure. I think it tends to be more a problem in women than men for some reason.<br><br>
I did read that the Rubella virus itself can also cause RA.<br><br>
I think these books explain it:<br><br>
~Vaccinations – A Thoughtful Parent's Guide by Aviva Jill Romm<br>
~The Vaccine Guide by Dr. Randall Neustaedter
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I know the rubella vax causes lots of transient (occationally long lasting) arthritis, but are you sure it's rheumatoid?
I haven't read about it ever, actually--- but this is the first vax reaction I ever heard about IRL; a friend's son developed juvenille rheumatoid arthritis after a vax (I don't remember if she said which one)... he was in physical therapy for years and (thankfully) did recover. As far as I know, she is still pro-vax.
Dr Sears talks about it in his book .. he says that Rubella can cause arthritis symptoms in teenage and adult women, for days, months or years. Was not aware of JA link, but my DP's cousin had that when she was little and it was very serious.