Is the MMR vaccine really necessary?
Because measles, mumps, and rubella have nearly disappeared from the United States, some people may think that getting vaccinated is no longer necessary. Not so. Unfortunately, just because these diseases are no longer widespread here doesn't mean we're completely immune -- outbreaks can and do happen, usually because of some children skipping immunizations, says Neal Halsey, MD, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and a member of the Parents magazine board of advisors. "In order to prevent future outbreaks -- and keep our children healthy -- it's crucial that we continue to get our kids vaccinated against these diseases completely and on time."
Sources: Neal Halsey, MD, director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland and a member of the Parents magazine board of advisors. Michael T. Brady, MD, the Vice Chair of the AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases. Paul Offit, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Baby magazine advisory board member. CDC sections on MMR Vaccination. Archives of Disease in Childhood "Measles vaccination and antibody response in autism spectrum disorder" 2008.
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