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Posted by Grandma Peg on October 17, 2000 at 13:16:29:

I have the GH site bookmarked, I couldn't get it to go thru' by typing it out but anyone may find it on a general search engine. If you look, select their bar of eat well, stay well, then ask for Vaccines in their search request. I do have it to post also but think some people might want to write them and educate them about their info; Grandma Peg  Tuesday, Oct 17

How Safe Are Kids' Vaccines?
Which are riskier—immunizations or the diseases they're meant to prevent? Here are some numbers worth thinking about:
A patient's chance of dying if she contracts measles: 1 in 3,000
Chance of contracting encephalitis (a serious inflammation of the brain that can cause permanent damage) if she contracts measles: 1 in 2,000
Chance of dying if she contracts mumps: 1 in 3,000 to 10,000
Chance of contracting encephalitis after she gets mumps: 1 in 300
Risk of a severe allergic reaction to the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles and mumps: less than 1 in 1,000,000
A patient's chance of dying if she contracts diphtheria: 1 in 10
A child's chance of dying if she's stricken with pertussis: 1 in 500
A child's chance of contracting pneumonia after she gets pertussis: 1 in 8
Chance of dying if she's stricken with tetanus: 1 in 3
Chance of seizure within 48 hours of DTaP vaccine: 4 or less in 10,000
A patient's risk of permanent paralysis from polio: 1 in 100 cases
A child's chance of dying if she's stricken with paralytic polio: 1 in 20
Risk of becoming permanently paralyzed from the injected polio vaccine (now replacing the oral version): 0
A patient's chance of dying if she contracts chicken pox: 1 in 60,000
Risk of dying from Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib): 1 in 20
Chance of seizure caused by chicken pox vaccine: less than 1 in 1,000

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