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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 ...

Vaccine developed to fight gut bacteria and autism symptoms

A vaccine has been created for children with autism to help fight gut bacteria, which may also help to control some of their symptoms of autism, Science Daily reported. The University of Guelph researchers who conducted the study published their findings in this month’s journal Vaccine. Brittany Pequegnat, a master’s student, and Guelph chemistry professor Mario Monteiro created a carb-based vaccine, which protects against Clostridium bolteae – also known as C. bolteae.

Vaccines for measles may not increase risk of febrile seizures in 4-6 year olds

Vaccines for measles were not associated with an increased risk of febrile seizures among 4-6 year olds during the six weeks after vaccination, according to a study by the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center that appears in the current issue of Pediatrics. Funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the study of 86,750 children follows an earlier study published in Pediatrics that showed one particular combination of measles-containing vaccine – the measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox containing vaccination (or MMRV) – was associated with an increased risk of febrile seizures in 1-to-2-year-old children, compared with same-day administration of the separate vaccine for MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and the V (varicella) vaccine for chicken pox. This new study sought t...

Combined vaccine tied to fever-related seizures

Via Fox News Babies who got a single shot that included vaccines against tetanus and whooping cough were at higher risk of having a fever-related seizure on the same day in a new study from Denmark. However, researchers found the chance of having a seizure was still small after the shots, and kids who got them weren’t any more likely to go on to develop epilepsy than those who weren’t vaccinated, as some evidence had suggested. The finding is not a reason for parents to avoid the combined vaccine, and is actually “reassuring,” said one expert not involved in the study. According to the National Institutes of Health, about one in every 25 kids will have at least one fever-related seizure — short-lasting convulsions that don’t cause permanent damage. The s...

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