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Disappearing Diseases

A common argument of those who push non-standard, parent-selected, delayed protection vaccine schedules is that kids are no long at risk for many vaccine-preventable diseases any more because those diseases have disappeared. After all, when was the last time you saw polio or diphtheria in the United States? How about measles, mumps, or pertussis? Oops. …

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Aborted Fetal Tissue

Vaccines do not contain aborted fetal tissue. Some vaccines are made with fetal embryo fibroblast cells from cell lines that are derived (they can replicate infinitely) from two electively terminated pregnancies in the 1960s. That certainly does not mean that any vaccines contain aborted fetal tissue or fetal parts though. The original cells aren’t even …

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Too Many Too Soon

Too Many Too Soon is an easy vaccine myth to fall for. Dr. Jay Gordon, Hollywood’s pediatrician, often pushes this anti-vaccine myth, saying: “…the idea of vaccinating everybody in America, every child in America, at six weeks of age with six or seven different vaccines, ’cause you know we’re adding one, that’s not the best …

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Vaccine Schedule for Teens

In addition to most of the childhood immunizations, a few vaccines are given to pre-teens and teens to protect them against tetanus, pertussis, HPV, and meningococcal disease, including: Tdap – booster to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis HPV – the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV2, HPV4, or HPV9) MCV4 – vaccine that protects against four …

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