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The topic of vaccination is becoming more and more controversial and practitioners in the medical profession are voicing their concerns as well.
Recently, University of Michigan researchers assessed the medical profession (and the parents of their pediatric patients) attitudes about vaccines, by mailing a survey to a national random sample of 750 pediatricians and 750 family practice physicians. The survey was designed to address parental concerns about vaccine safety, how often primary care physicians do not recommend vaccines, and the impact of recent vaccine problems on physicians and parents.
The study demonstrated that many parents—and even some physicians—are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of childhood vaccinations. Concerns ranged from vaccine reactions, to ingredients in vaccines and the need for greater research on the safety of vaccinations.
You can read the article and view some revealing tables as presented by Michael Devit at: www.chiroweb.com/archives/19/14/18.html .
Medical organizations now oppose vaccine mandates. Members of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) voted at their 57th Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO to pass a resolution calling for an end to mandatory childhood vaccines.
The concerns for vaccines are only just beginning to surface and more controversy and opposition will be made public. As practitioners we need to continue to stay informed and offer our patients avenues of resources to make informed health care choices for their children.
I welcome you to examine the issues more closely by accessing, “Vaccination: Point/Counter-point” at: www.chiro.org/LINKS/ vaccination.shtml wherein the subject of adverse reactions to vaccines, the risk/benefit and the long-term consequences of vaccines, herd immunity, vaccine failures, and more are discussed.