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Survey reveals skepticism of vaccines

A survey, published online in the journal Pediatrics on October 3, found that more than 10 percent of parents fail to comply with vaccination advice. The study included 750 parents of children age 6 and under. 

The results revealed skepticism of vaccines, based upon misconceptions about their risks perpetuated online and in the media. Parents are refusing some shots and delaying others, including vaccines for chickenpox and measles-mumps-rubella. 

These findings are similar to those of a federal survey released in September. The Pediatrics paper was reported by the Associated Press and picked up by a number of newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle.

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