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The Informed Parent

What’s Up Doc?

by Louis P. Theriot, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Feb. 09, 2015
Does the current first year vaccine administration schedules adversely affect neuropsychological outcomes of these infants?
In so many words, this is a frequently encountered query in my practice. Michael J. Smith, M.D., MSCE, answers this question in his article that appeared in PEDIATRICS,  June 2010, vol. 125, p. 1134.
He clearly demonstrates that timely vaccinations during infancy have no adverse affect on the neurological or psychological development in children seven-to-ten years later. This should reassure parents who are concerned about infants receiving too many vaccines too soon.
This is not new data, but adds to the volume of studies that show vaccines are safe. Don’t risk your child’s health by avoiding vaccines. There is nothing sadder than counseling quilt-ridden parents who avoided vaccines. Here they are now in the waiting area of pediatric ICU while their child is in severe distress due to a preventable disease.
On the same subject, can Gardasil and Menactra be given concomitantly and still be effective and free of side effects?
Keith Reisinger, M.D., MPH in PEDIATRICS, June 2010, vol. 125, p 1142 shows that these two vaccines can be given on the same visit and provide good protection with no increase in side effects.

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