In the Novemer 29, 1999 issue of People magazine a child with
transverse myelitis of unknown etiology was featured. The article stated
that doctors can only speculate as to what caused her transverse
myelitis, but "they think it may have been triggered by a reaction to
hepatitis vaccination that she received at the end of January, 1999."
Dr. Douglas Kerr, the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Transverse
Myelitis Center was quoted as saying "It is known that vaccinations can
cause neurological diseases,"
In an interview on December 1, 1999 Dr. Kerr offered the following:
"I see a large number of people with transverse myelitis and
an association with any vaccine has not been established. Although
some vaccines can rarely cause neurologic problems, concerns about
vaccines causing several other neurologic diseases have been looked
for and were not proven. I support hepatitis B vaccination because
not to get vaccinated will result in significantly more disease and
death from a potentially preventable disease."
Dr. Kerr has written a Letter to the Editor of People Magazine in an
attempt to clarify his position on the safety of hepatitis B vaccine.
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February 12, 2014
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