Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CDC admits flu shot link to febrile seizures

The CDC now admits that there is a verifiable link between the flu shot and seizures in children ("febrile seizures"). 

In a conversation with medical web site WebMD, Frank DeStefano, confirms the link when children get the flu shot with other vaccines (specifically the pneumococcal PCV13 vaccine).

"This adds perhaps 60 seizures per 100,000 children. And the good news is, if it were to happen, it would be on the day of or the day after vaccination, so parents can know what to look for," Frank DeStefano, MD, MPH, of the CDC's Immunization Safety Office, tells WebMD.

Although the link is confirmed, the CDC is not making any change to their blanket flu shot recommendation.

The FDA first investigated the uptick in febrile seizures over two years ago. http://flucrazy.blogspot.com/2011/01/fda-investigates-unusual-spike-in.html


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