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Vaccines and the Risk of Febrile Seizures in Children

Children given the flu shot along with other common childhood vaccines are more likely to suffer from a febrile seizure

A recent study, funded by the Center for Disease Control, looks at connections between childhood vaccines and febrile seizures.  The American Academy of Pediatrics published this study in their July newsletter, citing research conducted by several doctors.  The study found an increased risk of febrile seizure in children between 6 months and 23 months old who get the flu vaccine at the same as the PCV or DTaP vaccines.  The CDC noted that there was not an increased risk of seizure when the flu shot was administered on a different day than other vaccines.  The study only looked at children up to one day after vaccination.

Febrile seizures are seizures that happen to children between 6 months and 5 years old. While most febrile seizures are not permanently harmful, they are very scary to kids and parents. They cause a child with a fever to have “spasms” or jerky movements.  These seizures normally last a minute or two and usually occur when a child has a fever over 102 degrees.

Filing a Vaccine Injury Claim

Febrile seizures typically resolve quickly after the fever passes.  However, some children and adults experience severe and life threatening reactions to vaccines, such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Intussusception, encephalopathy and other auto-immune related reactions.  In those cases our attorneys may be able to help you file a vaccine injury compensation claim.

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  1. Our son was given a combo vaccine accidentally after receiving the hep b and ipv weeks before. I asked and verified verbally that he was receiving the Dtap. They came back in the room and told me he received the combo vaccine instead of the dtap. They reassured me that their were no risks and he would be fine. He spiked very high fevers and became disoriented and lethargic for four days after. I kept requesting to see the physician knowing he was having a hyperstimulated response. She never filed the injury. I am a NICU RN. I knew this was wrong and brought him to the ER but they refused to tap him. He has high fevers with repeated vaccines like Hep A for days. We have been to 12 specialists trying to figure out his relapsing monthly fevers with no confirmed diagnosis. They have given us a PFAPAdiagnosis with a negative genetics panel.i have had to fight the insurance company and pay out of pocket for testing and follow up appointments. We had to get a medical exemption out of pocket and have to fight to get him in school now. This has been a nightmare for our family. I’m not even sure if this would qualify due to the fact she never filed the injury.

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