Doctor debunks vaccine myths

April 25, 2018 07:31 PM

This is "World Immunization Week." The theme of this year's campaign is "Protected Together: Immunizations Work."A debunked article a number of years ago made many parents fearful of immunizing their children. However, doctors on the front lines are clear, childhood diseases are what pose the threat.It was 1998 when the fraudulent article was published linking the MMR vaccine with autism and other ailments. Since then, doctors say they have worked to regain the trust of parents.Six-month-old Theo is the youngest of Fawn Schaperjahn's six children. She explains that her mom has a host of allergies, so she's worked with Dr. Mark Osborn to insure her children are protected against disease – but her concerns are respected.

"I usually have started them a little bit late –- usually just a couple at a time. Just staggering them -- but they all get their shots by the time they're in kindergarten," she explained.

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Dr. Osborn says he's happy to work with parents, explaining there is no increased risk of allergic reaction by doing multiple immunizations.

"There's risks to any immunization. It's not zero, but it's very tiny. The bigger risk is to the diseases that we're trying to prevent," explained Osborn." Measles, haemophilus influenzae, meningitis, pneumonias, epiglottitis -- which occludes the airway in children and they can die suddenly."

WEB EXTRA -- not seen on TV:Dr. Mark Osborn talks about the importance of immunizations in adults.

Nowadays, the number of shots a child gets has dropped, because there are more combination vaccines. However, before your child is immunized, you should ask the pediatrician a couple of questions.

"What is the purpose of the vaccines, what are we preventing and what is the optimal time to do that," advised Osborn.

Keep in mind as we age, our immunity to childhood diseases often decreases.

"The vaccines not only protect the patient, they also protect all the people around them," pointed out Osborn.

Children need to be vaccinated to attend daycare in New York and of course to enter kindergarten.

More information:

CDC immunization schedules and resources


Benita Zahn

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