Posts for category: Immunizations
Blume is living proof that the antidote to misinformation about vaccines is science. "I was relieved," she said, "because I didn't hurt him. His autism wasn't my fault."
are largely a result of parents being afraid to vaccinate their children against the virus. The number one concern? Autism.
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Pediatricians Working To Educate Parents Who Worry About Vaccines.
CBS News (5/12) reports on different efforts to persuade parents to vaccinate their children, particularly by dispelling misinformation that vaccines cause autism. The article quotes pediatricians discussing how they approach the matter and how they talk with parents who might be concerned about the safety of vaccines. The article also suggests that as research reveals more about the true causes of autism, the debunked link to vaccines might lose more of its potency.
CDC launches new video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work"
Study of 657,461 children finds no link between vaccines and autism
Danish researchers followed children born over a 10-year period and found no connection between autism and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
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Tetanus Case In Unvaccinated Child Highlights Continued Threat Of Rare Disease Among Unvaccinated People, Study Suggests.
Medscape (3/7, Subscription Publication) provides coverage of a case report by researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University suggesting that “a recent case of tetanus in an unvaccinated child highlights the continued threat of this rare but dangerous disease among the unvaccinated individuals in the United States.” One researcher wrote, “Unvaccinated or inadequately vaccinated persons are at risk for tetanus, irrespective of age, and recovery from tetanus disease does not confer immunity.” The case report was published online in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
STAT (3/7) also covers the story of the boy infected with tetanus. The unvaccinated child, after becoming infected, “spent 54 days in [the] hospital – 47 of them in intensive care.” He was back to normal functioning after nearly four months, with a hospital bill totaling “$811,929, and that didn’t include the cost of the air ambulance, the stay in the rehabilitation facility, or follow-up care that was needed.”