Why are childhood vaccinations so important?
Interview: Rachel Vreeman, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine.
A recent outbreak of measles in Texas has affected two dozen people, including a 4-month-old infant. All cases have been linked to a mega-church that emphasizes faith healing and discourages vaccinations. According the Rachel Vreeman, M.D., many parents are refusing to vaccinate their children due to the myth that vaccinations cause autism, even though evidence has shown this to be false. Dr. Vreeman encourages physicians to explain the science behind vaccinations to parents, since evidence shows that once parents understand the science and evidence debunking the autism-vaccination correlation, they are more likely to have their children vaccinated.