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Child Vaccines: Some Parents Ill at Ease

Does the private right of parents to not vaccinate their kids trump the greater public good?

Cherry-Picking Vaccines continued...

"We have been asking for almost three decades now for the basic science research to be done to identify those children who are biologically and genetically at higher risk than others for suffering vaccine injury and death," she tells WebMD. "Those studies have not been done; the authorities refuse to do them."

But to those parents who wish to "cherry pick" vaccinations for their children in the belief some vaccines are unnecessary, Denehy offers this cautionary advice:

"After you've been in practice for a while, you see children who are perfectly normal who are affected by these diseases, and 100 perfectly normal, healthy children a year died from chickenpox/varicella before we had the vaccine," she says. "We had a child who died here in Rhode Island, whose mother didn't believe in vaccines and took her to a chickenpox party -- a perfectly normal 4-month-old who died.

"You can't always assume that nothing bad is going to happen to your child."

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Reviewed on April 25, 2008

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