Seizures   MMR

Doctors Ignored MMR Vaccine Link to Febrile Seizures in Toddlers

Corporatism | The US Independent
June 10, 2014

ProQuad released a study on the Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Varcella (MMR) vaccine, showing that toddlers who have the multi-inoculation are at a higher risk for febrile seizures – but parents should not worry because seizures are not dangerous or life threatening.

Febrile seizures are brought on by a sudden elevation of body temperature in young children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that “febrile seizures are the most common seizures of childhood, occurring in 2 to 5 percent of children six months to five years of age.”

The AAP defines febrile seizures as occurring “in the absence of intracranial infection, metabolic disturbance, or history of afebrile seizures, and are classified as simple or complex.”

It is known to the medical community that febrile seizures are directly linked to “certain vaccinations” after studies showed that the occurrences of febrile seizures raised dramatically after the increased use of seasonal influenza vaccines such as Fluvax Junior and Fluvax; as well as the MMR vaccine.

According to the latest report, when 1 year old toddlers were given Priorix-Tetra, they were “twice as likely to develop a fever-related seizure as children who got separate MMR and chickenpox shots.”

This MMR vaccine is used in Canada and the US.

Nicola Klein, lead author of the study and director of the Kaiser Permenente Vaccine Study Center (KPVSC), said: “In the United States, parents now have to explicitly ask for the MMRV if they want their toddler to have it. But even with the increased risk posed by the MMRV vaccine, the odds of a brief, fever-related seizure are extremely low.”

Klein explained that “children are actually much more likely to suffer a high fever and seizure if they were to catch the measles. Get your child vaccinated. We’re in the middle of a 20-year high in measles cases. Fevers are part of the immune system response, whether to infection or vaccination.”

Shannon MacDonald, co-lead author of the study and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Calgary (UC) stated: “It’s not clear why the MMRV is more likely to cause a fever-related seizure than the separate shots. But one theory maintains the combined vaccine triggers a stronger immune response and a higher fever in some children, which makes a seizure more likely.”