Back to School Time Means Back to the Doctor’s Office for Vaccinations

It’s back to school season. There are books to buy, teachers to meet and doctor visits to schedule for school shots.

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Do you plan on having your baby vaccinated?

But for some children, the visit will be accompanied by fewer needles than their peers are faced with, or even none at all. According to a recent article in Pharmacy Times, more parents are choosing alternative vaccination schedules, wherein parents delay their children receiving inoculations recommended by the CDC, or to not have certain ones administered at all.

In fact, there was nearly a 7 percent increase in the number of parents opting for these alternatives schedules, according to a 2006-2009 study by the Oregon Health Authority. But while Portland, Oregon is known for having one of the highest vaccine exemption rates in the nation, the CDC cites national numbers that show “rates for most of the long-standing recommended vaccines are at or above 90 percent.”

While a minority of parents choose to opt out of the recommended vaccinations for various reasons, the CDC calls their latest report “reassuring” because the number of those adhering to vaccine schedules has remained steady or risen nationally.

In response to recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough, diseases that many parents believed were eradicated in this nation, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said:

“it is important that health care providers, community groups, and state programs support parents in assuring that children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.”

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