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Why Vaccinate?

Published on: January 30, 2013 | Category: Patient Resources

When it comes to immunizations, the information available to parents though various media outlets can be overwhelming. The use of vaccines has led to major improvements in child health over a relatively short period. Most parents and children have not experienced many of the vaccine-preventable diseases like diphtheria, polio, measles, and chickenpox. Hence, they are not informed about the risks and sequelae of these conditions.

Media hypes link between Autism and thiomersal containing vaccine. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review found no evidence of harm caused by doses of thimerosal used as preservative in vaccines. This is also evident by the fact that, since 2001, with the exception of some influenza (flu) vaccines, thimerosal is not used as a preservative in routinely recommended childhood vaccines, yet autism rates have not gone down.

Extensive reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also conclude that there is no proven association between Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

Concerns have been raised about “too many” vaccines “too soon.” Research studies do not support the hypothesis that multiple vaccines overwhelm or weaken the immune system. On the contrary, infants have an enormous capacity to respond to multiple vaccines, as well as to the many other challenges present in the environment.

Delaying vaccine can expose not only the children but also the entire community to highly infectious and life-threatening diseases. At CFP we adhere to AAP recommended vaccine schedule and are committed to the physical, mental and social well-being of all infants, children, teens and young adults. For more information on vaccines visit www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm, www.immunize.org, www.cdc.gov/vaccines, www.vaccinateyourbaby.org

Dolly Ubhrani, MD
CFP Pediatric Division

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