SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – “Some parents are scared but it’s what’s best for your child.” Nadine Appleton has heard about parents not getting their children vaccinated. She researched and spoke with doctors before getting all of 2-year-old Chase’s immunizations.
“I would never let him miss a shot so I just figured it will help with whatever’s going on to protect him from whatever is in the air so kids definitely need their shots,” said Appleton.
Parents have the legal right to refuse the 14 recommended vaccinations for their children. Those include Diphtheria, Polio and Measles, diseases that once killed hundreds but are now 100% prevented.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of measles in the United States are on the rise this year alone. Pediatricians told 22News that could all change if everyone gets their children vaccinated.
Measles were nearly eradicated in the United States. Then, in 2013, 189 Americans got ill. In the past four months there have already been 129 cases.
Pediatrician, Dr. Matthew Sadof, told 22News people are misinformed: they think vaccines lead to autism. “Autism is diagnosed sometime during the second year of life. That happens to be when we give that vaccine, but they’re not related.”
The World Health Organization hopes with more information readily available, parents will help them eradicate these avoidable diseases in the world.