After looking over about 20,000 research papers, the health professionals who wrote this report analyzed the results of 67 research studies that met their criteria. The team launched the project because there has been a resurgence of some diseases in the United States, including measles and whooping cough.
Researchers examined the safety of 11 vaccines for children under age 6: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, meningococcal, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), varicella (chickenpox), Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), pneumococcal, rotavirus and inactivated poliovirus vaccine.
When studying the MMR vaccine, researchers found a causal relationship between the vaccine and an increased risk of febrile, or fever-related, seizures in young children. The MMR vaccine was also linked to a side effect called thrombocytopenic purpura. The condition can lead to excessive bruising or bleeding caused by a low platelet count in the blood. The hepatitis A and varicella vaccines were also shown to cause purpura in some cases.
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