Monday, June 28, 2010

NY Times: Childhood Combo. Vax and Seizure Risk

The New York Times
  • June 28, 2010

    Childhood: Combination Vaccine and Seizure Risk

    Toddlers who get a vaccine that combines the measles-mumps-rubella and chickenpox immunizations are at twice the usual risk for fevers that lead to convulsions, a new study reports.

    The risk for a so-called febrile seizure after any measles vaccination is less than 1 seizure per 1,000 vaccinations; but among children who received the combined vaccine, there is 1 additional seizure for every 2,300 vaccinated, said Dr. Nicola Klein, the study’s lead investigator and director of the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center.

    The reactions, which occur a week to 10 days after vaccination, are not life-threatening and usually resolve on their own. The fever-related convulsions can be frightening, but they are brief and not linked to any long-term complications or seizure disorders.

    To do the analysis, published this week in the journal Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente researchers used the government’s Vaccine Safety Datalink, a safety surveillance system that compiles data on nine million members of eight managed-care organizations.

    They compared seizure and fever reactions among 83,107 1-year-olds who had combined M.M.R. and chickenpox vaccinations with reactions of 376,354 toddlers who received separate vaccines.

    “Unless parents have a strong preference for the combination vaccine, providers should use a separate vaccine,” Dr. Klein said.

    Freakin' FINALLY! I wonder what will happen now that we have "real" evidence about the consequences of these vaccinations.. Since the epidemic of chronic illnesses in children isn't enough!


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    FDA Urging Limited Antibiotics In Meat

    FDA urging meat producers to limit antibiotics given to animals

    , On Monday June 28, 2010, 11:08 am EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is urging meat producers to limit the amount of antibiotics they give animals in response to public health concerns about the drugs.

    The FDA said the use of antibiotics in meat poses a "serious public health threat" because they create antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect humans who eat the meat. The agency is recommending that producers use the drugs judiciously, limiting their use unless they are medically necessary and only using them with the oversight of a veterinarian.

    "Developing strategies for reducing (antibiotic) resistance is critically important for protecting both public and animal health," the agency said in draft guidelines printed in the Federal Register on Monday.

    The agency said misuse and overuse of the drugs has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics have been used in meat to kill pathogens for more than 50 years, and the FDA acknowledged that practice has had "tremendous benefits" to animal and human health.

    Of greater concern, the agency said, is when producers use antibiotics on healthy animals to speed growth and reduce feed costs. The agency is also concerned about antibiotics that are given continuously through feed or water to entire herds or flocks of animals.

    The agency said it is expecting to issue more specific guidelines in the near future.

    I wonder what provoked some attention here. As usual, the words "concerned" "urging" and "using drugs judiciously" means nothing. No one will do anything until they have to, as they are making money just fine as is. Is this just FDA P.R.? At any rate, this isn't in the papers, and I am sure we can set the clock for any viable action to be taken in 10 years from now. Apparently things aren't bad enough for real action - we need the suppliers to start losing money.