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Research undermines anti-vaccine claims

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: January 29, 2013

In some states, more than one in 20 public school kindergarten students haven't had recommended vaccinations, prompting public health concerns. Fortunately, the number of Oklahoma children opted out of vaccinations by their parents is only around 1 percent, reducing such problems locally.

Scientists are advancing autism treatment, and new avenues to help those individuals and potential remedies are being continually explored. While much remains unknown about autism, that's becoming less true with each passing day. But one thing research has continually reaffirmed is that the condition isn't caused by vaccines, while the threat represented by non-vaccination is not in doubt.

It would be tragic if unfounded parental fear of one medical condition left children more likely to suffer other diseases as a result.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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