Dr. Oz: Don’t fear childhood vaccinations

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Dr. Oz: Don’t fear childhood vaccinations

By , Herald-Tribune
/ Tuesday, June 5, 2012
 

Diphtheria, influenza, measles, meningitis, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumonia, polio, rubella (German measles), tetanus and chickenpox are vaccine-preventable diseases; until the vaccines, they claimed the lives of many thousands annually.

Unfortunately, there’s widespread anxiety about vaccinations.

Rumors spread across the Internet that vaccines cause diseases, that natural immunity is better and safer than vaccination, and that newborns aren’t ready for vaccines.

We want to be very clear: We interviewed more than 150 “experts” on every side of the issue.

Our bottom line: Vaccinations have more benefits than risks. Are they 100 percent safe? No. But the benefits vastly outweigh the dangers.

Refusing to vaccinate has consequences; 2010 saw more than 21,000 cases of whooping cough in the U.S.; 22 children less than 1 year old died.

When children don’t get vaccinations, it endangers their health and everyone else’s. About 5 percent of the time, vaccinations don’t produce immunity; but protection for the whole community is better if everyone gets the shots.

— Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen

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