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Current News

Vaccinations have been in the news a lot lately, from the recent outbreak of measles traced back to Disney Land to parents pressuring pediatricians to not allow unvaccinated patients in their waiting rooms.

Why you should vaccinate:


To protect yourself…


and to protect others…


Herd Immunity is when the majority of the community is immunized. Since not everyone can get immunized, herd immunity protects those individuals. Individuals who cannot get immunized include very young children and people who are immunocompromised.

Photo credit: Courtesy: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)

Popular Concerns

Autism: In 1998, The Lancet published a study authored by Andrew Wakefield that showed a now-discredited link between MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccines and autism. Soon after the paper was published it was reatracted due to poor methodology and inaccurate claims. In 2010, Wakefield was found guilty of professional misconduct for his paper and was stripped of his medical license.

Since 1998, several studies have been conducted and report that a link between vaccines and autism is highly unlikely…



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide a table of the ingredients in addition to antigens that can be found in vaccines...

For more information on the ingredients in vaccines, you can read…

Offit, P. A. and R. K. Jew (2003). "Addressing parents' concerns: do vaccines contain harmful preservatives, adjuvants, additives, or residuals?" Pediatrics 112(6 Pt 1): 1394-1397.


Side Effects:

Vaccines do have side effects. The Centers for Disease Control have provided thorough fact sheets on each vaccination that include their potential side effects here: Also, not everyone should get every vaccine.


Historical Perspective

The very first vaccination was developed by Edward Jenner for smallpox in 1796. He successfully inoculated 13 patients against smallpox with a closely related cow-pox virus. Despite his success, there were many people who doubted such a thing could work and believed the vaccine would hurt them. 

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