Study looks at childhood vaccines and ITP risk

01/10/2012 | Reuters

Childhood vaccines other than the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine were not linked to an increased risk of developing immune thrombocytopenic purpura among young children, a study found. The findings in the journal Pediatrics indicate that the hepatitis A vaccine was associated with increased ITP risk among 7- to 17-year-olds, while the chickenpox and Tdap vaccines were tied to the disorder among 11- to 17-year-olds, but these associations were based on just a couple of cases and are "by no means conclusive," lead researcher Dr. Sean T. O'Leary said.

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