Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Younger Doctors More Likely to be Concerned About Vaccines

At the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America a study showed that recent medical school graduates were 15% less likely to say that vaccines were safe and effective. Younger docs were also more likely to say that children get more vaccines than are good for them. The authors concluded that these physicians had no experience with the devastating disease that the vaccines have helped to prevent. Another study showed that 21% of pediatricians refused to see families who declined vaccines on schedule. Perhaps an alternative conclusion is that younger docs are more likely themselves to have children who might be put at risk by getting too many vaccines close together. See Family Practice News (click here, subscription needed), 11/1/11 p.1-2

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