Todd Neale of Medpage reported:
“The FDA and CDC have detected an increase in reports of febrile seizures among children younger than 2 who received Fluzone, the trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine made by Sanofi Pasteur. Fluzone is the only vaccine recommended for use during the current flu season in infants and children from 6 to 23 months of age.”
Unfortunately, seizures are just one of many possible side effects of flu (influenza) vaccinations. Flu shots have also been associated with local reactions, systemic flu-like symptoms, allergic reactions (both mild and severe) and even severe neurologic conditions like Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
This potential tragedy could easily have been avoided by using a little common sense.
The first step would be to simply demand that the manufacturers and “experts” prove that the flu vaccine actually improves the health of young children. The next step is to require that manufacturers prove that the benefits, if identified, outweigh the harms and costs.
In the case of giving flu vaccines to young children, there appears to be no scientific basis for giving these shots.
According to the Cochrane Collaboration,
“In children under the age of two, the efficacy of inactivated vaccine was similar to placebo.”
“ It was not possible to analyze the safety of vaccines from the studies due to the lack of standardization in the information given but very little information was found on the safety of inactivated vaccines, the most commonly used vaccine, in young children”
Until someone can prove to me that flu vaccines offer more benefit than harm to young children, I cannot recommend them to my patients or allow them to be given to my children.