Thursday, February 28, 2008

Combo Vaccine Linked To Kids' Convulsions

My friend emailed me this post this morning:

ProQuad Protects Against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox

POSTED: 6:02 am PST February 28, 2008

ATLANTA -- A new study finds children suffered higher rates of fever-related convulsions when they got a Merck combination vaccine instead of two separate shots.
The results prompted a federal advisory panel to back away from its preference for the combo vaccine ProQuad, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella as well as chickenpox.
In the study of children ages 12 months through 23 months, the rate of seizures was twice as high in toddlers who got ProQuad, compared with those who got one shot for chickenpox and one for the three other diseases.
The lead researcher of the federally funded study said the risk translates to about one extra case of convulsion for every 2,000 doses of the combo vaccine.
The study focused on children who develop fevers and then go into convulsions. It's an occurrence that frightens parents but usually has no lingering consequences. There were no deaths in the new study.

3 comments:

baby trevor's mommy said...

You guys are SO cute! Love that pic! And I love your profile of Javi - beautiful!

I have to admit...I'm really nervous about moving forward with Trev's immus. I'm mulling starting them slowly...and maybe doing one a month...just to see how it goes. I'm such a big scardey cat! :O)

...danielle

My name is Javi. said...

Thanks, I figured he was old enough to have his own, since he helps write some and I wanted him to be able to blog from his dad's house.

I have to admit, I have somewhat changed my views on vaccination since watching the Larry King show. I have started Kay's immu's, but after watching that show combined with all the heavy researching I have done since, I am a little scared to move forward. After Kay's immu's, fever got up to 100.56, which made me nervous, since she is at risk to have a major seizure once it gets over 101. I have been watching her like a hawk since last Friday. I don't think I want to go through that again any time soon. I think if I decide to continue, I will also do one at a time.

Shanna Grimes said...

Ha ha! Just realized that it changed the G5 blog when I created one for Javi. Thanks for pointing that out!