A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics confirms childhood vaccines are generally safe. Experts say the findings should relieve parental concerns about vaccine safety, and aid pediatricians in detailing vaccine benefits and risks.
Researchers find strong evidence that the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella) is not associated with Autism. They also find MMR, DTap, Tetanus, Hib (Haemophilius Influenza) and Hepatitis B vaccines do not cause childhood leukemia. The report finds no link between vaccines and Type I diabetes.
All vaccines have some risk, including allergic reactions or redness or swelling at the injection site. In rare instances, there is some evidence the MMR vaccine causes seizures, fever, and joint pain.
The Rotavirus vaccine may cause an extremely rare blockage in the gut. The Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine can cause infections in immune compromised patients. There was moderate evidence that a rare blood disorder (purpura) may be associated with the MMR and Varicella vaccines. Allergic reactions may also arise in susceptible children.
The analysis is a review of current vaccine safety research. It updates a previous Institute of Medicine report published in 2011.
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