Vaccinations: Flu Shot Causing Seizures in Infants?

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 29, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Posted in Blog

Vaccinations are a hot topic of debate, with many people divided over the benefit they may offer, vs the risk that they may also impose – especially when it comes to young infants and children. The increase in number of vaccinations recommended and the concurrent controversies about whether vaccinations are safe or even effective, have left many parents confused and concerned.

In the U.S., flu vaccination is recommended for everyone except infants under 6 months. But is it any safer to vaccinate children over 6 months? Or anyone, for that matter?

The flu vaccine being used this season for infants and very young children (ages 6 months through 2 years) is called “Fluzone,” the only flu shot recommended by the FDA for this age group. However, officials are now investigating its possible connection to 36 confirmed reports of seizures that occurred within one day of receiving the Fluzone vaccination.

An increased rate of fevers and seizures also occurred in young children in Australia & New Zealand last year, after receiving a different flu vaccine. That vaccine was subsequently recommended (by a U.S. vaccines advisory panel) to not be used in children aged 6 months through 8 years.

Would you have your infant vaccinated with Fluzone? If you have already, let us know what your experience has been!

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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