The following is an article that appears in its entirety on allkids.org:
As All Children’s Hospital recognizes World Immunization Week (April 23-30) and National Infant Immunization Week (April 26-May 3), we are reminding parents of the importance of getting children vaccinated. Vaccines reduce the spread of infectious diseases and are considered the most successful and cost-effective method of preventing disease and death.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says parents should make sure children receive their recommended immunizations by age 2 to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases such as whooping cough and measles. However, AAP statistics show that 85 percent of health care providers have had a parent refuse a vaccine each year.
Many times these parents may be haunted by false beliefs of the harm immunizations could cause. All Children’s hospital is helping to break down the many myths surrounding childhood immunizations and highlighting the truth behind some of the top myths.