Pertussis immunisation and neurological illness

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6929.655b (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:655
  1. S Sepkowttz
  1. University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, USA.

    EDITOR, - The national childhood encephalopathy study was set up in Britain in 1976 to answer the question, does whooping cough vaccine cause brain damage in children?1 Last year the simple answer to that question was an unequivocal no.2 The complex answer, stated in the recent report by David Miller and colleagues, is that the vaccine “may on rare occasions be associated with the development of severe, acute neurological illness that can have serious sequelae.”3,4 The simple answer comes from a three year epidemiological survey of patients with neurological conditions admitted …

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