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Increasing Concerns About Vaccines Among Parents

Monday, 03 November 2008 18:55
The safety and efficacy of childhood immunizations has come under increasing scrutiny in the past few years. With some of the most recently approved childhood vaccines pulled off the market, and some states requiring a child to be vaccinated more than 20 times before beginning grade school, parents are justifiably concerned about the number of shots, and whether some of them may do more harm than good.

Many practitioners also reported that the parents of patients expressed a wide variety of concerns about vaccine safety. The most common parental concern was about possible side-effects mentioned in vaccine information statements (reported by 40 percent of pediatricians and 27 percent of family practitioners), followed by the belief that new vaccines are not adequately tested (reported by 32 percent of pediatricians and 24 percent of family physicians), and that vaccines may cause neurologic disorders such as autism and multiple sclerosis (35 percent of pediatricians and 15 percent of family practitioners). A significant percentage of parents also expressed the belief that additives in vaccines may not be safe, and that they may be linked to chronic disorders or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).