Vaccinations don’t cause most seizures

Viruses and not vaccinations are the main cause of febrile seizures in young children, paediatricians in WA have confirmed.

A study of 151 children presenting with febrile seizures at Perth’s Princess Margaret Hospital found that 71% had a respiratory viral infection.

Rhinoviruses, adenoviruses, enteroviruses and influenza were the most common viruses found.
Only 11% of children with febrile seizures had received a vaccination in the preceding fortnight of the 2012/13 study.

Most of these involved the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, which was known to increase the risk of