Study links vaccine to earlier onset of infant epilepsy

05/4/2010 | Reuters

Australian researchers examined 40 babies with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of infant epilepsy, and found that 30% developed their first seizures within two days of being vaccinated against whooping cough. However, the researchers said that the condition is caused by the SCN1A gene mutation and that affected children have seizures by about six months regardless of vaccines, so vaccines should not be withheld or avoided in these children.

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