Seizures that occur within 14 days of a vaccine are defined as vaccine-proximate seizures (VPS). Most children with epilepsy do not have a high risk of VPS, however there are some genetic epilepsies with a strong association with VPS.
Protection of vaccine preventable diseases is important in children with epilepsy. The decision to immunise children with genetic epilepsies that are associated with VPS requires consultation between the child’s family and their treating team to develop a clear plan and ensure the child’s immunisations are completed if possible.
The RCH has developed a guideline for immunising children with Dravet syndrome or other vaccine proximate seizures.
Please see our new immunisation reference page MVEC: Vaccination in children with epilepsy or previous vaccine-proximate seizures for more information.