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Vaccination Myths and Facts

vaccineAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinations that help protect children from infectious diseases have saved hundreds of thousands of lives in the U.S. and prevented millions of hospitalizations over the years. But there is so much confusing information online about vaccines for children that it can be tough to know what's true and what's not, reports Consumer Reports. The CDC recommends a vaccination schedule for children. Addressing the myth that it's safer to space out kids' vaccines, Wilbert van Panhuis, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, responds, "The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks and vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. To start mixing this up is really complicated and actually can be dangerous" possibly leaving kids vulnerable to infectious diseases. Read more.

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