There is a considerable amount of anecdotal evidence to support a link between immunisation, hepatitis B in particular, and the onset of ME/CFS. However, there is a lack of good quality, epidemiological evidence from prospective or retrospective studies to either refute or support such a link.
Good quality research studies are clearly needed to examine this issue because the theory of immunisation-induced ME/CFS is a perfectly reasonable proposition in view of the ability of immunisations to produce a Th-2 dominant response.
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