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California recently enacted a statewide law that stringently regulates the vaccination of school aged children and could possibly affect national protocol. So what happens when a child does not have proof of vaccination? They don’t go to school.
All 50 states require vaccines before children begin school, although many recognize some religious and other exemptions, but this government directive has been challenged by many. Much of the debate over the efficacy and safety of these vaccines stems from work done by British medical researcher, Andrew Wakefield. In 1998 he published a study that linked the vaccine MMR (for the prevention of mumps, measles, and rubella) to bowel disease and autism. However, in 2004 an investigative reporter found Wakefield’s claims to be falsified. Still, his research incited some to become wary of vaccinations.
In order to gauge the opinions of the pediatricians on this topic, InCrowd surveyed 263 pediatricians in our network to obtain real time data surrounding their insights of vaccine trends.
While the data suggests no change or perhaps even slight improvement in parents adhering to vaccination schedules, pediatricians expressed contrasting sentiments that parents are still wary of vaccinations. InCrowd will continue to monitor the pulse of this still-sensitive issue. – Nicole Stevenson, InCrowd
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