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Studying the Effects of Vaccines on Children

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:11 PM EDT
Before the age of six, most children in the U.S. have had the C.D.C's recommended 35 vaccine shots.

While there has been extensive research that shows that the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risks, there is one woman in Pikesville who wants federal lawmakers to take a second look.

Dawn Loughborogh of Pikeville says her son, Kendal, had a severe reaction to the D-Tap shot, which protects against diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping cough. Loughborogh now believes Kendal's diagnoses of high functioning Autism was because of lack of vaccine safety.

Statistics show that one out of eighty-eight people are diagnosed with Autism, and the number is rapidly rising.

Loughborogh is now taking her crusade to Washington D.C. where she hopes to have the current C.D.C's immunization recommendations re-evaluated. "I would consider looking at an alternative plan, maybe spreading them out, maybe delaying some of them.  I'm not certain we need to be giving children Hep B shots on day one of their life, before we know anything about their young immune systems," said Loughborogh.

While a "Journal of Pediatrics" study finds 13 percent of parents surveyed say they skipped some or all of the vaccines, there are varying opinions in the medical community.

"Because of the recent refusal of MMR across the country, we have had a resurgence of mumps and measles," said Dr. Clarissa Parrish.

The state of Maryland requires proof of several vaccines before entering school, including the vaccine for the chicken pox.

The Institute of Medicine recently released a report on the vaccine topic and concluded that of the eight vaccines studied, all were found to be generally safe and that adverse effects were rare. Studying the Effects of Vaccines on Children


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