Fear of febrile seizure should not lead to vaccination hesitancy in healthy children

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Any vaccination can cause fever and febrile seizure. This may lead parents to hesitate in following the vaccination programme. Seizures in post vaccination fever are rare and do not differ from other febrile seizures during infectious diseases.


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