Thursday, October 13, 2011

Most Parents Worry About Vaccines

The CDC conducted a study showing that only 23% of parents had no concerns about childhood vaccinations. The authors of the study concluded that the parents did not have experience with the diseases that were being prevented and also had misconceptions about the potential side effects of vaccines. They noted that there has been a rise in the incidence of whooping cough (pertussis) and measles with increasing numbers of parents who are refusing vaccines. I believe that the CDC is underestimating the depth of concern that patients feel. Even though autism/vaccine studies have been negative, in individual cases with susceptible children, I continue to be concerned that autism might be stimulated by a vaccine or by multiple vaccines administered together. Too many parents link the onset of autism to receiving a vaccine. Using a homeopathic to prevent vaccine injury might be useful for families that proceed with vaccines. Another reasonable request is to spread the vaccines out instead of taking many at one visit. See the CDC 2010 HealthStyles Survey (click here)

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