More adults put off kids’ vaccinations

Scientists say practice has no proven value, poses risks

By Nathan Seppa, 13:05 PM June 20, 2012

Parents in Oregon are increasingly delaying their children’s standard immunizations, a new study finds. The practice, which runs counter to medical advice, creates gaps in protection and increases the risk that a child won’t complete multishot vaccination regimens, researchers report in the July Pediatrics.

“There is really no benefit in altering the vaccination schedule beyond what the CDC recommends,” says Amanda Dempsey, a physician and researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, refer...

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