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Is Low Risk of Seizures Low Enough for Parents Facing MMR and Chicken Pox Vaccines?

Posted Jun 29 2010 12:00am

Suited-man-head-in-sand From USA Today . My oldest had a febrile seizure. And then a four year  grand mal seizure ordeal. You do not want to witness your child having a seizure. The first may not be the last. KS
The NYT ran an article today HERE , and takes a more cautionary approach than the USA Today version, suggesting breaking up the vaccines for safety.

Toddlers who get a vaccine that combines the measles-mumps-rubella and chickenpox immunizations are at twice the usual risk for fevers that lead to convulsions, a new study reports.

By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY

Combining two common childhood immunizations — the chickenpox vaccine and the joint measles, mumps and rubella shot, or MMR — slightly increases the risk of fever-related seizures in toddlers, a new study shows.

Authors note that the overall risk of seizures is very low.

All four vaccinations are critically important, and experts say that children shouldn't skip or delay any of them. And while fever-related seizures may be frightening to parents, they aren't actually serious and don't cause permanent harm, says Nicola Klein, author of the study in today's Pediatrics.

Parents who are concerned may want to ask for two separate shots — MMR and chickenpox — instead of taking the four-in-one combination called ProQuad, says Klein, co-director of the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center in California...

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