By Erin K Costello
Maybe those who aren’t doctors should stop telling doctors they should never be a doctor because they’re “too stupid” for their “own good.” Putting this lapse in your judgement aside for a moment, I’m going to go ahead and answer your question since you asked.
There are actually a couple of increased risks for adverse events caused by delayed vaccinations. One, naturally, is the increased risk of contracting one of the diseases in the delayed vaccines since the child is left exposed longer than normal.
Another is the increased risk of experiencing a febrile seizure. According to a 2014 study posted in Pediatrics by Simon Hambidge, the risk of experiencing a febrile seizure from a delayed MMR or MMRV vaccine doubled in the child’s second year of life. There was no association found between vaccine timing and post-vaccination seizures in the infant’s first year of life. However, the incident rate ratio (IRR) for seizures after receiving the first MMR vaccine dose during 12-15 months was 2.65, and the IRR after receiving an MMR dose during 16-23 months of age was 6.53. The IRR for the first MMRV dose during the ages of 12-15 months was 4.95, and the IRR for the same vaccine during 16-23 months of age was 9.80. The study does not give a clear reason as to why the increase during the second year of life, but it’s suspected that since febrile seizures naturally peak around 16-18 months of age, delaying the vaccine to these months cause a fever to occur in an already susceptible child, thus increasing the risk of a febrile seizure.
There is also no benefit to delaying vaccinations. A study done in 2010 showed that kids who received delayed vaccinations showed no difference in performance, behavioral or cognitive, between the ages of seven to ten. According to the pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Louisville ,Michael Smith, “There was not a single outcome for which the delayed group did better.”
It sure seems like a lot of people are “too stupid” for their “own good” and should “never be a doctor” according your professional assessment as a mommy blogger and experience as a music major.
One last thing, it’s one thing to complain about people who “bash” those who don’t believe vaccines are good, it’s another thing to make this complaint while bashing those who do believe vaccines are good.