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Is it safe to vaccinate my baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not safe not to

Last year had about 40,000 pertussis cases and lost about 40 to pertussis, most under 1 year of age.
Most were on the West coast where the anti-vaccine movement is strong.In the 90's when most parents vaccinated their kids we had about 2500 cases/yr and no pertussis deaths. Vaccines have been the greatest benefit of medicine for kids in more than 100 yrs. Sad that some fear it so.

In brief: Not safe not to

Last year had about 40,000 pertussis cases and lost about 40 to pertussis, most under 1 year of age.
Most were on the West coast where the anti-vaccine movement is strong.In the 90's when most parents vaccinated their kids we had about 2500 cases/yr and no pertussis deaths. Vaccines have been the greatest benefit of medicine for kids in more than 100 yrs. Sad that some fear it so.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Marc Grella
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.
Or, to put it differently, absolutely positively. Although all vaccines come with potential side effects, some specific to certain vaccines and some generalized to all, like fever, you would not like the world without vaccines. (and you might not be here.).

In brief: Yes

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.
Or, to put it differently, absolutely positively. Although all vaccines come with potential side effects, some specific to certain vaccines and some generalized to all, like fever, you would not like the world without vaccines. (and you might not be here.).
Dr. Marc Grella
Dr. Marc Grella
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Dr. Thad Woodard
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Everything, all treatment, has risk.
The real question is often is the treatment, in this case immunizations, safer than not immunizing and the answer is yes.

In brief: Yes

Everything, all treatment, has risk.
The real question is often is the treatment, in this case immunizations, safer than not immunizing and the answer is yes.
Dr. Thad Woodard
Dr. Thad Woodard
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine

In brief: Yes

Vaccines are safe and effective.
You pediatrician can review the specifics of each vaccine with you. Nowadays you can get combination vaccines which are both safe and have less side effects than the individual component vaccines. The recent resurgence in measles and whooping cough reminds us that the diseases we vaccinate against are still 'out there' ready to cause illness.

In brief: Yes

Vaccines are safe and effective.
You pediatrician can review the specifics of each vaccine with you. Nowadays you can get combination vaccines which are both safe and have less side effects than the individual component vaccines. The recent resurgence in measles and whooping cough reminds us that the diseases we vaccinate against are still 'out there' ready to cause illness.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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