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Delaying your child’s MMR may result in an increase risk of a febrile seizure!


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Delaying the MMR or MMRV may result in a greater chance for your child to have a febrile seizure.

Everyone knows that I am a big believer in vaccines and in following the recommended schedule that has been tested and proven to be most effective and safe for your child.  I often see parents who are using a delayed immunization schedule for various reasons; usually fear of too many vaccines at once or fear of the vaccine timing are the most common reasons.  There is no proof that a delayed vaccine schedule is safer, there is no proof that vaccines are responsible for autism or any other developmental issues in children.  There IS proof that delaying vaccines puts your child at risk of developing dangerous diseases.  According to Pediatric News this week a new study has found that delaying the MMR (measles mumps rubella) or the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine doubles the risk that a child will have a vaccine related febrile seizure.

The science behind this seems to be due to the child’s ability to respond to the vaccine and develop immunity.  An older child who receives these vaccines responds physiologically with a greater immune response resulting in the likelihood of a higher fever.  Febrile seizures in general are also more common in toddlers between 16 and 23 months.  Most parents that use the delayed vaccine schedule wait until the 16-23 months age to receive the MMR or the MMRV instead of the recommended 15 months.

The risk of a febrile seizure does increase when a child receives those vaccines on a delayed schedule, however a vaccine related febrile seizure is scary but not something that will cause permanent damage or lead to anything else more serious.  Most children end up in the emergency room and then have a quick recovery.  This being said, it is frightening for both the parents and the child!  Just another reason not to delay your child’s vaccination schedule!  Again, there is no proof that a delayed schedule is more effective or safer….there is plenty of proof that the recommended schedule is effective AND safe!

Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.

Cindy

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5 Comments

  1. Autism Mom Praying In The Storm

    Reblogged this on Autism Mom – Temporary Storm Dweller and commented:
    Really, people, do you believe this?
    Important to note that the febrile seizures were vaccine-related in the first place.
    “According to Pediatric News this week a new study has found that delaying the MMR (measles mumps rubella) or the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine doubles the risk that a child will have a vaccine related febrile seizure.”

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    • I am sorry for you and your child, it is devastating as a parent to see your child very ill or hurting. We so want answers to the diagnosis…we want to know why. The research tells us again and again that our vaccines are safe and protect our children from terrible diseases and there is no direct relationship to the development of autism. You are correct…a side effect of the MMR may be a febrile seizure. Any time a child develops a fever that rises quickly a child is at risk, and there is some genetic predisposition to febrile seizures. What this research tells us is that delaying this vaccine increases this risk….doubles the chances that your child would have a febrile seizure after the MMR or MMRV.

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      • Autism Mom Praying In The Storm

        Do you have some numbers on this? Thanks for the information.

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      • When the MMR dose is given between 16 and 23 months (which is delayed) the study shows about 2 children in 4000 doses have a seizure. The MMRV given delayed between 16 and 23 months shows 2 seizures in every 2000 doses. This is attributed to the increase in the immune response and the increased likelihood that a child between 16 and 23 months has more of a risk of febrile seizures with viral illnesses….more prone to them with a temperature increase. Children given the doses on time have about 1/2 the incidences of febrile seizure. Again these are acute febrile seizures that are scary but cause no damage.

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      • Autism Mom Praying In The Storm

        Thanks!

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