Author(s): Sepkowitz S
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Abstract Pertussis vaccine has not been shown to cause permanent neurologic damage in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and others. However, the federal government continues to maintain that, on rare occasions, permanent brain damage does occur. The report of a single case-control study in support of this position prompted the establishment of a special committee under the sponsorship of the United States Public Health Service, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council to determine the validity of the report. The special committee concurred that pertussis vaccine does produce permanent brain damage in rare instances. Physicians are required to warn all responsible parties of vaccine recipients that pertussis vaccine may cause "lasting brain damage." This requirement has been authorized by Congress and the National Childhood Injury Act of 1986.
This article was published in J Okla State Med Assoc
and referenced in Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination