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Researching The Flu Shot and Neurological Conditions

Children who have neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy are no more likely to be vaccinated against influenza than youngsters without these conditions, despite the increased risk for complications from flu these children experience. Moreover, health care providers may not be familiar with the increased risk among these patients to effectively recommend influenza vaccine. Those are the findings of a study by a research team from the University of Louisville and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published online today in the journalVaccine. Michael J. Smith, M.D., is an associate professor in the UofL Department of Pediatrics and a pediatric infectious disease specialist with University of Louisville Physicians. Smith is lead author of the study that is the f...

HOT TOPIC RESEARCH: Vaccines and Seizures

A new study that researched the correlation between pediatric vaccinations and seizures found that if seizures were triggered by vaccines, the majority were found to have an underlying cause, predisposing them to developing seizures/epilepsy. STUDY RESULTS: 1. The majority of children (65%) diagnosed with new-onset epilepsy related to the administration of vaccinations were found to have an underlying genetic or structural neurological disorder which predisposed them to developing epilepsy.  2. The etiologies for underlying epilepsy disorders unmasked by vaccination included: chromosomal deletions, neuronal migration disorders, Dravet Syndrome (severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy), and familial febrile and infantile epilepsy disorders. Study Abstract:   OBJECTIVES: This study was an ...

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