Study suggests PFCs may impair children's immune systems

Minnesota health officials are calling for more research after a study revealed a possible link between exposure to the chemicals and impaired immune systems in children. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found evidence that vaccines are less effective for children with elevated levels of PFCs.
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Minnesota health officials are calling for more research after a study revealed a possible link between exposure to the chemicals and impaired immune systems in children. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found evidence that vaccines are less effective for children with elevated levels of PFCs.

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