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Many Parents Resist Vaccinations for Their Kids, Unless Doctors Push, Says Study

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A new study claims that when pediatricians assume that parents will consent for their kids to be vaccinated, the parents are more likely to agree to the vaccinations.

According to the Los Angeles Times, even parents who resisted vaccinations for their children usually gave in, if the pediatrician or nurse practitioner was persistent.

Amazingly, in 2013, doctors actually have to explain the scientific benefits of vaccinations to parents and push their case to get a baby or toddler vaccinated.

The problem comes when doctors frame vaccinations for children as a choice, then some parents were likely to refuse, according to the study, which was published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Dr. Douglas Opel, of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, led the study researchers who video recorded 16 doctors and nurse practitioners in 111 conversations with patients about vaccines for children, ages 1 to 19 months.

There have been false rumors spread that vaccines can cause autism and other problems, which have been repeatedly debunked, reported The New York Times in 2011.

There may be certain children and adults who have an allergy to a particular vaccine, but those are rare cases.

Still, public figures such as Donald Trump have said that vaccinations can lead to autism, a rumor that is based on a study of twelve children published in 1998, but has since been retracted by 10 of the 13 authors in The Lancet.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) claimed in 2012 that vaccinations could result in mental retardation, which was also debunked, according to Time magazine.

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Lancet, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Time

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