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Are Parents Too Busy to Save Their Kids’ Lives?

More than 20 percent of kids in this country are underimmunized, and often the reason is a missed doctor’s appointment.

Are Parents Too Busy to Save Their Kids’ Lives?

Vaccinations save kids' lives, but parents sometimes miss the appointments.

05-06-09 RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 14 million cases of disease and 33,500 premature deaths are prevented over the course of a lifetime for each group of children that gets vaccinated each year. That adds up to a savings of $43.3 billion in disease-related costs. Still, about 23 percent of this country’s children are underimmunized, meaning they don’t get the protective vaccinations they need, according to research presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. The surprise: The biggest reason for skipped shots isn’t ideological opposition to vaccination, but simple scheduling problems.

THE DETAILS: Researchers interviewed parents of 705 children 3 years old or younger about their experiences with immunization visits. They found that 20 percent of parents had missed at least one of their child’s appointments, with the primary reasons being difficulty scheduling or rescheduling appointments, doubting the importance of a vaccine, or problems communicating with their child’s doctor. Needing to reschedule visits made parents almost four times as likely to miss the appointment altogether, while doubting a vaccine’s importance made them three times as likely to miss it. Communication problems—not getting information from the doctor about why vaccines are important or how they work—made parents three times as likely to miss an appointment.

WHAT IT MEANS: Every family is crazy-busy these days, but not making vaccination appointments a priority puts your child’s health at risk—as well as the health of his or her playmates. “Vaccination is probably the most important tool for public health,” says the study’s lead author Melissa Stockwell, MD, MPH, medical director of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Immunization Registry and a pediatrician at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. “Parents who don’t get kids vaccinated may rely on the disease not being around in their communities, but from a public health point of view, people have to take responsibility.” After all, the more families who don’t get vaccinated, the more likely it becomes that a serious disease could gain a foothold in your community.

To make sure your kids don’t fall into the ranks of the underimmunized, here are a few ways to keep them healthy:

• Make vaccines a priority. “Some families are underimmunized because they have a lot of other competing priorities in their life,” says Dr. Stockwell. Move vaccination appointments to the top of the list. Especially do whatever it takes to make it to the original appointment, since having to reschedule raises the odds that you’ll end up not following through. Download a vaccination schedule from the CDC’s website and keep it on your fridge as a reminder.

• Talk to your doctor. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about vaccinations. While Dr. Stockwell’s survey didn’t find that a large number of parents undervalued immunizations, some parents may be concerned about links between autism and MMR vaccines, and recent outbreaks of mumps and measles suggest that parents are opting out of those immunizations. There’s no scientific evidence pointing to a vaccine-autism link; however, if you are concerned about a vaccine’s side effects, talk about it with your doctor, she says.

Filed Under: VACCINES

Published on: May 5, 2009

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I'm a 59 year old woman who was vaccinated for measles,mumps,rubella,varicella, and pertussis and I had each one of those diseases as a child. I think we give far too many vaccines to children. I'm all for eradicating polio and smallpox but I'm beginning to think it's becoming more about making money rather than what is prudent. I no longer trust the medical community and I'm tired of their manipulative tactics that try to make us feel guilty for not vaccinating instead of a truthful dialog. I'm also a nurse.


I have such a hard time with the chickenpox argument. U.S. deaths related to chickenpox before the vaccine were miniscule (less than 145 per year between 1990 and 1994). Infants and adults with other illnesses or complications were those most at risk for death. Besides, you can still get chickenpox even if you get the vaccine. Not enough of an argument for this mother. (Who, incidentally, had chickenpox.)

single mother

For your information my mother made sure that my sister and I always got out vaccination whenever they were due and we did not end up with Autism. If anything they helped us out not to get the full extent of the virus or disease. Also if Autism is called by what is in the vaccines then how come the FDA approves the vaccines and why did you mention about disease being stopped by vaccines. I think that you need to do some more research on vaccines before you open your big mouth and yes, I have done mine because I am going to an online college that requires me to do research on things like this. So you are wrong and I think that you need to grow up and ask yourself "Is it worth your childs life if they die from chickenpox and it could have been prevented by just a vaccine?"

Mercury in vaccines

Mercury isn't an ingredient in vaccines anymore, with the exception of the flu shot.

I can't believe these comments

Vaccines have never stopped ANY disease. Except polio. And smallpox. And Rubella, HiB, Diphtheria, Mumps, and Pertussis. But besides those, what good have vaccines done? None! And there's plenty of faked scientific studies that PROVE they cause autism. Even though no one really knows what causes autism, I'm pretty sure we can blame vaccines.

But in all seriousness, vaccine denial equals scientific illiteracy. There's no other way to put it. The evidence supporting vaccination is overwhelming, and there is no evidence to suggest that there is general harm? Are all vaccines good? Who knows, that makes about as much sense as asking if all cars are well built. But if you miss the standard vaccinations, you're risking the health of everyone over some imaginary fears. You're fighting shadows while ignoring vast amounts of historical and scientific fact. Don't believe me? Look at any of the disease I listed above. The only factor that changed in many of the areas where those diseases were wiped out or almost wiped out was vaccination. Don't give me that nutrition and sanitation argument; it doesn't hold up. If you believe that nutrition and clean water stopped smallpox, I invite you to hop the next plane over to the DRC or some other third world country and tell me they have good nutrition and sanitation.

Sorry to ruin your tinfoil dream, but there is no boogey man out to get your kid. If you're not vaccinating, unless you have an immunosuppressed child, you either need to educate yourself or just grow up.

Ingredient List of Vaccines

Included in the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine from Merck & Co., Inc. are the microbes: live measles (Enders' attenuated Edmonston), mumps (Jeryl LynnTM), rubella (Wistar RA 27/3), and varicella (oka/Merck) strains of viruses; the antibiotic: neomycin, chemical/metals: monosodium L-glutamate (MSG), potassium chloride, potassium phosphate monobasic, potassium phosphate dibasic, sodium bicarbonate, sodium phosphate dibasic, sorbitol, and sucrose; and the following animal by products: human albumin, human diploid cells, residual components of MRC-5 cells including DNA and proteins, bovine serum, hydrolized gelatin, and chicken embryo.

Why would I inject this into my child when the long term effects of this mixture has not been tested?

This information is from:

Ironic Link

Two articles in today's Rodale news, one on tuna and one on vaccines. The one on tuna (Air Pollution from China Is Tainting Your Tuna ) has this quote: "In the United States, nearly 40 percent of human exposure to mercury comes from tuna taken from the Pacific Ocean, according to study authors. Pregnant women who eat mercury-tainted fish can pass on developmental effects to their offspring."

However, this vaccine article states that it is "a priority" for mothers after pregnancy to inject their offspring with mercury-laden vaccines at a MUCH higher mercury level than eating tuna.

Rodale, have you lost your focus?


Is organic gardening more important than keeping our children safe? Rodale urges us to keep harmful ingredients out of the soil but urges us to inject it into our children? I have cancelled my subscription before and may do it again! Talk about bias. I'll go where I can find real info!


Joke of an article. Nothing like unbiased reporting. Maybe we should look at the efficacy of vaccinations. Would make for a much more palatable discussion.




Vaccines are dangerous and proven to be usless.
This article doesn't adequately explain the side effects and the documented evidence on the reported deaths and side effects of vaccines. Check out the deaths and fraud of the guardsil vaccine on google for starters. $$$$$$$$$$ Understand that we are fast approaching forced vaccinations thereby taking away your right to be informed as welll as your right to say no! Do your research.

This is seriously coming from Rodale

Please research vaccines before you preach that parents don't have time to immune them with vaccines. I purposely don't vaccinate my son. I thought Rodale promoted holistic medicine not mainstream. Have you looked at the ingredients at any one vaccine and to think they are giving these to newborns everyday. Newborns still have thier immunity from thier mothers for the first 3 months. Your child is more at risk playing with vaccinated kids who sluff off the antibodies from the shots than the other way around. They are seriously thinking of taking gardisil off the market because it has killed, yes killed 20 or more girls. It has also left girls with other serious health problems for the rest of thier lives. This was a vaccine that was supposed to help not harm anyone right? I'd atleast figure you as one to talk about delayed vaccines or getting one vaccine per doctors visit.

Just wow.

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