New York: There is little need to worry about serious side effects if your toddler is getting vaccinated against whooping cough, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. "Our findings provide reassuring evidence that the vaccine is not associated with acute seizure events and is safe for routine immunization in early childhood," they write in the journal Pediatrics.
"It seems that public concerns regarding vaccine safety in general has grown significantly in recent years," said James M. Baggs of the CDC, who led the new research. "Our message to parents is that this study finds very reassuring results that DTaP vaccination is not related to seizure events after vaccination," he added. The findings agree with earlier results from Canada, said vaccine expert Dr. David Scheifele, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, who was not involved in the research. "We have continued to monitor seizures after vaccination," he told Reuters Health in an e-mail. "Canadian infants have enjoyed a minimal risk of febrile seizures since the switch was made to newer vaccines in 1997-8." The few cases that still occur, he said, are more likely due to other infections than vaccination. Bureau Report
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