Delaying your child’s MMR may result in an increase risk of a febrile seizure!
Delaying the MMR or MMRV may result in a greater chance for your child to have a febrile seizure.
Everyone knows that I am a big believer in vaccines and in following the recommended schedule that has been tested and proven to be most effective and safe for your child. I often see parents who are using a delayed immunization schedule for various reasons; usually fear of too many vaccines at once or fear of the vaccine timing are the most common reasons. There is no proof that a delayed vaccine schedule is safer, there is no proof that vaccines are responsible for autism or any other developmental issues in children. There IS proof that delaying vaccines puts your child at risk of developing dangerous diseases. According to Pediatric News this week a new study has found that delaying the MMR (measles mumps rubella) or the MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine doubles the risk that a child will have a vaccine related febrile seizure.
The science behind this seems to be due to the child’s ability to respond to the vaccine and develop immunity. An older child who receives these vaccines responds physiologically with a greater immune response resulting in the likelihood of a higher fever. Febrile seizures in general are also more common in toddlers between 16 and 23 months. Most parents that use the delayed vaccine schedule wait until the 16-23 months age to receive the MMR or the MMRV instead of the recommended 15 months.
The risk of a febrile seizure does increase when a child receives those vaccines on a delayed schedule, however a vaccine related febrile seizure is scary but not something that will cause permanent damage or lead to anything else more serious. Most children end up in the emergency room and then have a quick recovery. This being said, it is frightening for both the parents and the child! Just another reason not to delay your child’s vaccination schedule! Again, there is no proof that a delayed schedule is more effective or safer….there is plenty of proof that the recommended schedule is effective AND safe!
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.