FORT MYERS, Fla. -
Delaying Measles-Related Vaccines: Seizure Risk?
Increased risk of seizures if MMR administered after 15 months. Seizures are related to fevers. Chance of seizures doubles with delayed vaccine administration.
323,000 children studied in the U.S. 4 year study. Studied all vaccines. Only concern was the MMR and MMRV vaccine and delayed administration.
Recommended timing for 1st MMR = 12-15 months. Second dose recommended at 4-6 years. 5% of children get a fever 7-10 days after. One in 4,000 doses cause a fever-related seizure.
Immunization with fever related seizures: seizures last 1-2 minutes. Altered state of consciousness. Trembling loss of bladder/bowel control. No lasting effect - no harm. Shattered nerves in parents. Normal children - seizures occur in 2-5%.
Recommendations: Follow the AAP guidelines for vaccine administration. 1/1/14 - 5/9/14 = 187 cases of measles. Highest rate of measles since 1996. Most of those sickened hadn't been vaccinated.
Ohio Measles Outbreak Largest since Mid-1990's:
Ohio = 1/4 cases
Utah = 1/2 cases
California = 1/4 cases
Nationwide = 187 cases/4.5 months of 2014
Last year = 189 cases
Largest outbreak since 1996 Outbreaks eradicated in 2000 Mumps outbreak also = >300 cases