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June 06, 2016
Study Finds Febrile Seizures After Childhood Vaccines are Rare

"A seizure caused by a fever in a young child can be terrifying, and some parents worry that the occasional fever that can follow a vaccine may cause one. But febrile seizures after vaccines are rare, a study finds, affecting 3 children out of 10,000. And children almost always recover completely" , as reported by WAMC. 

"The study, published Monday in Pediatrics, found that only a few vaccines or vaccine combinations increase the risk of febrile seizures. The pneumococcal vaccine given alone increases the risk, and so does the flu vaccine if given at the same time as either the pneumococcal vaccine or DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine."

"The pneumococcal vaccine, or PCV, protects against pneumococcal disease. The pneumococcus bacteria can cause infections ranging from an ear infection to pneumonia to pneumococcal meningitis, which kills 1 in 15 children under 5 who develop it.
'The basic message is, while there is an increase compared to giving them on separate days, the absolute amount of that risk is so, so very small that for the average person, it won't really affect their chances of having a febrile seizure,' lead study author Jonathan Duffy tells Shots."

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