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mcscajun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-11-06 08:52 AM
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9. Many "native-born" American children haven't had immunization.
Due to the fear-mongering going on both on and off the Internet over the "horrors" associated with vaccination. Some religious and fundamentalist groups lead the charge, as usual when anti-scientific efforts go on.

(Emphasis in what follows is mine.)
Current federal recommendations include 20 injections in a child's first 18 months and several other immunizations over the next 10 to 15 years to protect against 11 diseases. Despite a lack of scientific evidence supporting their concerns, "One in four parents of children under 6 believes children's immune systems could be weakened by too many vaccines, says Bruce Gellin of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, "and almost as many believe that children get more immunizations than are good for them." Gellin, who is also executive director of the National Network for Immunization Information in Alexandria, Va., recently surveyed 1,600 parents with young children.

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Gregg Burgess, a parent of two in Sterling, Va., hasn't immunized his two boys. He feels that the number of vaccines given kids these days can cause their immune systems to get "screwed up," perhaps resulting in autism and autoimmune disorders like diabetes. Burgess is a board member of the National Vaccine Information Center, an anti-vaccine group that claims there isn't enough evidence to demonstrate the safety of vaccines.

If parents' fears over vaccine safety rise, public health officials worry that immunization rates will drop. Such a decline would naturally lead to more cases of disease among the unvaccinated children. Because most vaccines don't provide complete protection against disease in every child, however, even vaccinated children would become more vulnerable if vaccination rates drop, scientists predict.

In Colorado, an unusually large contingent of parents holds religious or philosophical objections to vaccination. Among that state's school-age kids, 1.4 percent--twice the national average--remain unvaccinated. A study in the Dec. 27, 2000 JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION reported that unvaccinated children were more than 20 times as likely as vaccinated children to develop measles and almost 6 times as likely to develop pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

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