Change in childhood vaccine recommendations

March 13, 2008 2:52:32 PM PDT
Attention parents! There's been some changes in the recommendations on just how young children should be when they get a combination chicken pox vaccine.

The US Centers for Disease control and Prevention has changed its thinking on how toddlers should be vaccinated against chickenpox, otherwise known as varicella.

A CDC committee recently recommended the combination measles, mumps rubella and varicella vaccine, or MMRV, over separate shots of MMR and chickenpox vaccines.

But new data is showing a higher risk of fever and seizures in the week or so after MMRV vaccinations in 1-to-2-year-olds. As a result, the CDC's advisory committee is no longer recommending the MMRV combination shot over two separate injections.

The study appears in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.