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Vaccine Adverse Events

September 16, 2014

Many people are concerned about the safety of vaccines. A recent study looked at the existing research in an effort to judge the potential for specific adverse events (AEs). The authors found:

“Strength of evidence was high for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and febrile seizures (a seizure experienced by children due to a fever).

“- the varicella vaccine was associated with complications in immunodeficient individuals;

“There is strong evidence that MMR vaccine is not associated with autism.

“There is moderate evidence that rotavirus vaccines are associated with intussusceptions (a serious intestinal disorder).”

The authors note that this study does have significant limitations as the applicable research is limited. In summary, the authors “found evidence that some vaccines are associated with serious AEs; however, these events are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.”

It is important to remember that all drugs come with adverse side effects, vaccines included.

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