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October 1984

Recurrent Seizures After Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Immunization: Cause and Effect v Temporal Association

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(10):904-907. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140480006002

The issue of the benefits and risks of pertussis immunization is an important topic in 1984.1,2 The two major epidemics of pertussis in the United Kingdom in recent years demonstrate the importance of immunization against pertussis and the relationship between public perception of vaccine risks and the frequency of vaccine use. See also p 908. It would be tragic if we in the United States were to follow the same path as the United Kingdom, overemphasizing the risks of immunization by relying on the uncritical reports in both the lay and medical press.3-6 Unfortunately, the present report by Murphy et al only adds further uncritically derived information.7

The communication by Murphy et al is similar to, but far less complete than, the Meade advisory panel report that was published in 1981.8 It is difficult to see how information gathered retrospectively from the sources indicated could yield