Childhood vaccine schedule is safe, Institute of Medicine says

01/16/2013 | USA Today · Wall Street Journal, The · Reuters

A government-advisory body said there is no evidence that following the federally recommended childhood immunization schedule can lead to chronic diseases or developmental disorders. "The message is that the schedule is safe by all existing data," said Dr. Pauline Thomas, an Institute of Medicine adviser. CDC's guideline calls for 24 vaccinations by age 2 and allows children to get up to five vaccines in one office visit, but data indicate that up to 40% of parents follow alternative vaccine timetables for fear of adverse reactions.

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