To determine whether vaccination with live virus vaccines may be etiologically related to Reye syndrome, the authors examined 404 cases reported to the Center for Disease Control. Fifteen of 269 children with Reye syndrome had been inoculated with live virus vaccines within 30 days before onset of illness. Although this temporal relationship may have occurred by chance, seasonal distribution and clustering of incubation periods suggests that live virus vaccines may occasionally serve as cofactors in the etiology of Reye syndrome through undefined mechanisms.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health