The debate over when and how often to vaccinate one’s child has been raging for a long time, with both sides of the argument loudly voicing their opinions. This sometimes confusing, often conflicting information can make it difficult for parents to make informed choices. Live Science reports that a new scientific study has shed light on at least one issue, suggesting that delaying the measles vaccine may lead to fever and seizures.
The study was conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center in Oakland, California, and the results appear in the October 14 issue of the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study’s findings indicate that children who received their first dose of the measles vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age had a lower risk of experiencing fever or seizures shortly after vaccination than those who received the vaccine at ages 16 to 23 months.
The CDC recommends a first measles vaccine take place between the ages of 12 to 15 months. According to Live Science, reasons for delaying vaccines vary, from adjusting for the premature age of a child, to a child’s illness such as a cold or the flu, to the belief that too many vaccines given in a short time may overwhelm a child’s immune system.
Dr. Paul Offit, chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, says the study, “...provides another reason why delaying vaccines would be an unreasonable thing to do, and potentially a more harmful thing to do."
With all of the (often conflicting) information about vaccinations available, it can be overwhelming for many moms to make decisions about when and how much to vaccinate. We suggest keeping yourself informed and talking with your healthcare provider about the optimal time to get you child vaccinated.
What do you think of the results of this study? Are these findings helpful, or more confusing?
Source: Live Science