Rotavirus vaccination may curb seizure risk in children

11/21/2013 | Medical News Today

In an analysis of data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that children who received the rotavirus vaccine were 20% less likely to be hospitalized or visit the emergency department for rotavirus-related seizures during the year after the vaccination, compared with those who were not vaccinated. It is possible that the vaccine "directly prevents systemic rotavirus infection, including extra-intestinal complications involving the central nervous system," researchers reported in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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