Side effects of vaccines: who’s worried?

A recent survey appearing in the April issue of Pediatrics shows that the majority of parents agree that vaccines are important when it comes to protecting their kids from disease. Most follow doctor recommendations about vaccines, too.

But more than half of those parents who participated in the survey say they are concerned about serious, adverse effects from vaccines.

Overall, 12% of parents said they’d refused at least one vaccine that their doctor had recommended for their children. Newer vaccines like varicella, meningococcal conjugate and HPV were more likely to be refused than older vaccines like MMR.

The authors of the study, conducted at the University of Michigan say the results show that a high number of parents – 1 in 4 – believe that some vaccines cause autism in healthy children.

This is despite scientific research to the contrary. For up-to-date information on individual vaccines, check out the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University Institute for Vaccine Safety.

Study authors suggest public health officials must develop more effective and targeted education campaigns that focus directly on this issue.

Do you hesitate when the doctor recommends a vaccine for your child? Let us know what you think.

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2 responses to “Side effects of vaccines: who’s worried?

  1. I am not afraid of vaccinations. Millions and millions of children and adults died from plagues caused by the diseases we have elliminated with vaccinations. My family and I get flu shots every year and my children get vaccinations for everything and fortunately they are very healthy. Out of the hundreds of kids at my kids schools I would bet that 99% have been vaccinated.

    • thanks for your comment! I remember having the measles and rubella myself- and hearing about kids who became blind or deaf as a result. My father-in-law is a polio survivor but has suffered physically since he was a toddler. These are very, very serious illnesses. I don’t blame parents for asking questions and doing research, but those who deny their kids recommended vaccinations are taking a huge risk.

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