Smart Woman: The Truth About Early Childhood Vaccinations

Many parents are concerned about the amount of vaccinations children receive in the first years of life, now a new study is reassuring parents.

Vaccinations protect against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox. An estimated one in ten parents refuse or delay vaccinations over concerns they may cause austism, even though there's no scientific evidence linking the two. Now a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics says getting multiple vaccines before age 2 doesn't increase the risk of autism either.

"Comparing the antigens received in vaccines between the children with autism and the children without autism we did not find any difference overall," says Dr. Frank Destefano.

Initial worries over vaccines and autism came from a British researcher's study that linked the MMR vaccine to autism. The study was found to be a fraud.

Children today get many more vaccines than they did 20 years ago. By the time a child is two years old, they can receive as many as 24 shots. Pediatricians say it's best to follow the recommended vaccination schedule.

"Vaccinations save lives. When you have a family that doesn't want vaccinations or wants to delay the schedule of vaccinations you are putting your baby or child at risk for something that can be prevented with vaccines," says Pediatrician Jessica Sessions.

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