Can childhood vaccinations really cause autism? Dr. Bill shares the facts—and the latest research. Show Notes

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Has someone told you that childhood vaccinations can cause autism? If so, ask them where they got their facts. 

A new study adds to years of research showing that childhood vaccines do not cause autism, despite worries among a growing number of parents that their children receive “too many vaccines.”

NBC news is reporting on the study, done by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC researchers stress that even when multiple inoculations are given on the same day, children are at no higher risk of developing autism.

The CDC study comes amidst reports that increasing numbers of parents are delaying or skipping childhood inoculations, fearing side effects or the risk of autism and other learning disabilities.

In one study, researchers found a four-fold increase in the percentage of parents who delayed or skipped vaccinations. Experts say that by delaying certain vaccinations, parents may be putting their children -- and other kids -- at a far greater risk of contracting deadly diseases, such as pneumonia and whooping cough. In fact, in 2012, the US experienced the worst epidemic of whooping cough in 50 years.

That’s a real concern for Dr. Tanya Altmann, an assistant clinical professor at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA.  She says she hopes the new research will convince parents that it’s safe to follow recommended vaccination schedules.

Dr. Altmann reminds parents that while they may worry about the unknown, there are very real risks to skipping vaccinations or delaying them: outbreaks of severe, sometimes deadly, illnesses.

To learn more, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics special website for the parents, “healthychildren.org”

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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