Latest Vaccine Safety News Might Make You Rethink Shots for Your Kids

childhood vaccineWorried about vaccines? Join the club. An estimated two-thirds of parents do some research online before deciding whether or not to allow a doctor to vaccinate their child. And now they've got a little something to set their minds at ease. A new study is out in Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics -- backed by the federal government -- with some strong statements about vaccine safety.

Researchers reviewed some 67 studies -- including studies that looked at how multiple vaccines in childhood affect kids, the controversy over whether the MMR vaccination is linked to autism, and the influenza or "flu" vaccine -- to determine whether childhood shots, specifically those for kids 6 and younger, were safe.

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Vaccines, they say? They're safe.

Yes. Really.

In fact, the researchers conclusion states:

We found evidence that some vaccines are associated with serious [adverse events]; however, these events are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

More to the point? Researchers found "adverse events" linked to vaccines typically came in studies where the scientists had failed to identify risk factors of them, and the severity of the adverse events was "inconsistently reported."

In layman's terms: there have been kids who have had issues with vaccines, but there's little science to support that said issues are directly related to most of the vaccines themselves.

And while there are some issues -- such as febrile seizures -- that may have occurred in a small percentage of children who got the influenza and MMR shots, the study found there were not long-term effects on the kids. A concern over something called "intussusception" was noted with vaccines for the rotavirus, but rotavirus itself can cause the intestinal issue.

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So, will this landmark study end one mommy war for good? Don't bet on it. We've already heard that vaccines' most vocal detractors cannot be swayed by anything, least of all science.

But for parents who have been on the fence and are needing a little reassurance, this study could go a long way toward soothing their fears.

So what does this study do for you? Confirm what you already knew? Convince you to vaccinate? Or absolutely nothing?

 

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