A high body temperature causes most febrile seizures.

Infection

Usually the fevers that trigger febrile seizures are caused by a viral infection, less commonly by a bacterial infection. Viral infections such as the flu and roseola, which often are accompanied by high fever, appear to be most associated with febrile seizure.

Post-immunization seizures

The risk of febrile seizures may increase after some childhood immunizations, such as the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis or measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations. A child can develop a low-grade fever after a vaccination. The fever, not the vaccination, causes the seizure.

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