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Whooping Cough in Infants Tied to Epilepsy Risk Later in Childhood

A new Danish study has found that when babies have whooping cough (also known as pertussis) in infancy,they have an increased risk for epilepsy later on in their childhood. These findings give even more emphasis to the importance of childhood vaccinations.

“Among the 4,700 children who had had pertussis, 1.7 percent later developed epilepsy, compared with 0.9 percent among the 47,000 controls. After adjustment for gestational age, congenital malformations, maternal history of epilepsy and other health variables, the researchers calculated that the risk of developing epilepsy by age 10 in a child who had had whooping cough was 70 percent higher than for an uninfected child. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.” Read more.

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