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4 Myths About Children's Vaccines
In Singapore, babies receive at least 16 vaccines (given as 9 shots) in their first two years of life. That’s not counting the optional vaccination against Haemophilus influenzae, rotavirus and chickenpox infection. That can represent a lot of crying on the babies’ part, and potential worry on the parents’ minds. From time to time, the media reports cases of vaccinations gone wrong. Such stories can understandably strike fear in the heart of parents.
However, the truth is, vaccination has saved and continues to save countless lives. Even a drop in vaccination rates could lead to a come-back of a disease that has virtually disappeared already. Take Japan. From 1974 to 1979, the vaccination rate for pertussis (whooping cough) dropped from 70% to about 30%. In five years, the country went from 393 cases and no deaths, to 13,000 cases and 41 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
HealthXchange sets out to dispel some of the top myths surrounding children’s vaccines.
Disclaimer: All HealthXchange articles are intended for general information only and provided on the understanding that no surgical and medical advice or recommendation is being rendered. Please do not disregard the professional advice of your physician.
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