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Report Says Early Vaccines Not a Risk for Autism
Kentucky’s state epidemiologist hopes a just released report on vaccinations and autism eases many parents concerns. The study included in the latest Journal of Pediatrics shows no connection between vaccines early in a child’s life and the development of autism. Dr. Craig Humbaugh says there are certain risks to putting off recommended childhood vaccinations.
“There’s no known benefit to doing that and actually may put the child at risk because it delays the protection that the child develops from the vaccine because it spreads it out longer,” said Humbaugh.
Humbaugh says he’s not aware of any doctors suggesting more time between vaccinations. But, the epidemiologist admits those kinds of requests have come from some parents.