I'm just wanting to get a feel for how many the parents in these forums and actually had a child has a reaction.I want to know how rare is rare, you know?
DTP (the old version) was the subject of a huge controversy in the 1980's. Because pertussis disease can cause brain damage, most experts agreed that there could be a theoretical risk of the vaccine causing some type of neurological harm.I am mostly concerned about the DTaP vaccine because that seems to be the one associated with the most problems. I already know how many of the people on mothering feel about it but do y'all have any information that might make this decision easier?
The researchers found no evidence that the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) vaccine causes any conditions, including diabetes (which four studies specifically looked for), or serious adverse events.
(Note: The CDC lists high fevers (up to 105 F among 1 in 16,000 recipients) and febrile seizures (1 in 14,000) as a possible adverse event, but the actual evidence is mixed on that. The previous whole cell DTP vaccine definitely could cause febrile seizures, but research on the acellular pertussis vaccine has found either no association with seizures or a much lower rate, as little as 1 in 19,500 children. Febrile seizures are already not uncommon among children, with an estimated 1 in 25 children experiencing them at some point in childhood. They do not cause brain damage, learning problems or epilepsy.)
Yes, I've heard that phrase. Whenever I've heard people mention it, they assume that it's due to encephalopathy, or brain damage, which as I mentioned above isn't associated with DTaP in any of the safety studies.Thanks! That's good info! Have you heard of the "dtap scream"? I tginknim getting my kids the dtap on the 4th so I'm just trying to sort it out.