Flu Shot Linked to Febrile Seizures
January 26, 2011
by Sasha Emmons
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) use to monitor the safety of vaccines, has noted an uptick in the number of febrile seizures reported after receiving the Fluzone vaccine, the only flu shot recommended for babies 6 to 23 months. The seizures have mostly been seen in children under age 2, and are not related to FluMist.
Plus: Vaccines Health Guide
Febrile seizures are not uncommon among small children (1 in 25 will have one), and among the children who suffered the seizures, there were no lasting effects. And the CDC is still recommending that all people 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine each year. Still, these unsettling reports warrants further study.
Plus: The Facts About Febrile Seizures
If you haven’t gotten the flu shot for your child yet, will this change your decision to do so?