Vaccinations are a normal part of baby’s doctor visits, right? Not for some parents. A new study in Pediatrics found that more than 1 in 10 parents delayed or skipped vaccinations for their children, going against the schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Researchers surveyed 748 parents, and 13 percent of them said they didn’t follow the CDC’s vaccination guidelines -- some said they skipped some or all vaccines, extended the time between dosages or didn’t give their children vaccines at the recommended age. The study also showed that parents were more likely to skip the H1N1 flu and varicella (chicken pox) vaccines, but they were less likely to skip the polio and diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccinations. Some reasons for parents’ inaction include a distrust of vaccine information, wanting to delay side effects of vaccines and avoiding “unnecessary” vaccines. The problem? Vaccine researchers believe that by skipping or delaying important vaccinations, children will be at risk for deadly diseases, and they may even put those around them at risk if they do get sick.
What do you think of delaying or skipping vaccines? Do you think it will be helpful or harmful to children?
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