More Than 1 In 10 Parents Skip, Delay Kids' Shots

The government recommends that by age 6, children should be vaccinated against 14 diseases, in at least two doses.

But a national survey finds more than 1 in 10 parents reject that advice. They're refusing some shots for their children or delaying others mainly because of safety concerns.

Worries about vaccine safety were common even among parents whose kids were fully vaccinated: 1 in 5 among that group said they think delaying shots is safer than the recommended schedule. The results suggest more than 2 million infants and young children may not be fully protected against preventable diseases, including some that can be deadly or disabling.

The nationally representative online survey of roughly 750 parents of kids age 6 and younger was done last year and results were released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Study author Dr. Amanda Dempsey, a pediatrician, said vaccine skepticism is fueled by erroneous information online and media reports that sensationalize misconceptions.


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  • by In the know on Oct 4, 2011 at 06:45 PM
    Kids on Medicaid used to get the "live" polio vax b/c it's cheaper even though the "kill" vax was safer. That was until the early 2000s. All I know is my first was vax, and had learning problems. Num 2 didn't, and was fine. Num 3 was vax and is autistic now, child 4 wasn't and is fine. All the proof I need.
  • by sigh on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    I can't blame parents when they can't trust whats in the shot. The flu shot is the majority mercury, which has shown to increase autism in young children, I'm sure wouldn't let that needle puncture my skin and I wouldn't EVER subject a child to that. Cue the flaming from the MDs and PHDs.
  • by Nurse on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:05 AM
    It is a coincidence about the MMR vaccine. Autism and such is just usually diagnosed around the time the vaccines are administered and parents began associating the vaccine with the diagnosis. The CDC has done thorough research and have found no correlation. I believe it that was just a fraction of doubt, that the CDC would suspend the vaccines. I believe that autism is present after conception, but not diagnosed until later in late and has no relation to environmental factors. But that's just my opinion.
  • by Concerned on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    I delayed my children's vaccination schedules. I saw too many friends have their children vaccinated against MMR before age 2 and some of those children will never be the same. Autism, Aspergers, and severe allergic reactions were the things that showed up minutes to just a few weeks after this particular vaccination was administered. If this vaccination is not to blame, then our pediatricians involved in these studies need to figure out what is happening to some of our children around the same time that the MMR is administered. It's not coincidence. I'd also be interested to hear the numbers regarding children that were vaccinated on a delayed schedule and are now living with an Autism Spectrum disorder.
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