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Vaccinations safe and effective

Published 23/06/2015 | 02:30

Vaccinations - safe and effective
Vaccinations - safe and effective

A minority of parents still choose not to give their children the standard vaccinations against meningitis and measles. Why?

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Public health specialist Suzanne Cotter said childhood vaccination is a safe and effective means of protecting children against diseases. She studied Irish parents who decided not to vaccinate their children. Eleven parents participated, nine mothers and two fathers; the average age was 38; nine were college or university educated; five were practitioners of complementary medicine and all parents reported using it.

Eight parents never vaccinated any of their children, three had vaccinated some with selected vaccines. There was a belief that the human body could deal with infection and some reported a belief that children benefited from infection.

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