More than ten percent of parents are currently using an “alternative” vaccination schedule for their young children, according to a survey.  A significant number are refusing certain vaccines altogether.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccination schedule for children aged six and younger includes vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, chicken pox, hepatitis, seasonal flu, and others.

According to Reuters:

“The Internet survey included 748 parents of kids between the ages of six months and six years. Of those, 13 percent said they used some type of vaccination schedule that differed from the CDC recommendations.  That included refusing some vaccines or delaying vaccines until kids were older — mostly because parents thought that ‘seemed safer.’”

Sources:

Reuters October 3, 2011
CNN October 3, 2011

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