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Infant whooping cough infection tied to later epilepsy risk

from Reuters

Children in Denmark who were diagnosed with pertussis, or "whooping cough," in early childhood appear to have an increased risk of epilepsy later in childhood, according to a new study. In the U.S., children get five doses of pertussis vaccine as part of the DTaP schedule, at two, four, six and 18 months of age and at four to six years. These shots also protect against diphtheria and tetanus, other bacterial diseases. About 1.8 percent of adults in the U.S., or 4.3 million people, had a diagnosis of epilepsy or a seizure disorder in 2013, according to the CDC. It can be treated with anti-seizure medications or other management techniques. more

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