Child Vaccine Study: How Skeptical Are Parents?

A new study finds that one in four U.S. parents believes some vaccines cause autism in healthy children. But most parents continue to follow the advice of their children's doctors despite their own concerns about the shots.

Extensive research has not found a link between vaccines and autism, an idea that dates to a flawed British study in 1998.

The survey of U.S. parents' opinions on vaccines was released Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Lead author Dr. Gary Freed of the University of Michigan says nine out of 10 parents believe vaccination is a good way to prevent disease.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    It's a good idea to take them. You don't want disease to spread and polio or mumps or worse float around getting your child sick. The benifits totally outweigh the risks in these cases. Keep your child in prayer and let the man upstairs decide. No matter what you do you can't always protect your children from everything. Keeping them current in shots can prevent terrible sickness. You took them, didn't you come out alright?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2010 at 12:52 AM
    Not everyone gets over all the diseases they catch. You're sadly misinformed if you think that. A good example is someone like myself, prone to systemic infections. I was sick a lot as a child and it always went to my tonsils, adenoids, or respiratory tract and I needed antibiotics. I hate to think how disasterous something lik measles, mumps, and more could have been for me. I thank God for the advancements that gave us the means to prevent them. It's ignorance to spout off that we should stop entirely - you didn't grow up in a vaccine-free age & don't have a clue what a disaster that would be. If you're worried, just stagger them as was suggested.
  • by sue on Mar 1, 2010 at 01:20 PM
    The doctors don't give a - - - if the kids get autism. They just want to get the money from all of this vists to them. The poor kid has to live with what comes out of it. Try to put a kid in public school with out the vaccines and they'll tell you no on your kid going to school. I know Lindsey says you can get a waiver but not in Pitt county. It's been tried by six people I know of.
  • by phil on Mar 1, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    To many vaccines out there for our children. Stop with it. Let the kids be kids and that means getting sick. They will get over what they get. I agree with betty.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Mar 1, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    I believe that all of these vaccines the kids have to have today does have a lot of side effects, one is the cause of autism. The education department won't let kids attend school if they don't have all of these vaccines, so what is a mom & dad to do? There is so many children with autism today then ever before. I do believe it's from all the vaccines. It's time to stop with all the shots. Let the kids get sick and they will get over it, just like we did when we were young. No need for all the vaccine shots today. Doctors are just making money off our kids.
  • by John Location: Washington on Mar 1, 2010 at 10:41 AM
    I really feel that we need some answers, some real evidence that they are safe for the kids.....after all this time no studies have been dont since 1998? Eleven years have past and nothing, thats not acceptable..
  • by Lindsey Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    Anonymous - there is no law requiring children receive vaccines. There is a statute requiring all children be vaccinated before being admitted to public school, but parents can submit a waiver for religious or philisophical exemptions. Most recently, pediatricians are no longer able to give any advice or answer any questions regarding vaccines. As a parent, you must do your own research and make a decision and then inform your pediatrician what you have chosen to do. They can take no action based on your decision.
  • by student Location: greenville on Mar 1, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    You can demand that they stagger the vaccinations instead of giving them all at once. I've heard that most doctors will try and talk you into doing it all at once, even when you express your concerns. But its your child, if you are worried, then demand it. If they still want to argue, find a new doctor.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 1, 2010 at 05:30 AM
    A "flawed" British study. Another one????
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 04:35 AM
    Under the law what choice do parents have, if they refuse, the doctor turns them into SS and SS takes removes the children from the home and has them vaccinated anyway. The children still get the vaccinations and the parents loose the children they are trying to protect.
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