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People Debate Vaccinations

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Vaccinations have virtually wiped out diseases that terrorized previous generations. However, there's been a movement among some parents to refuse shots for their children out of concern about possible side effects, such as autism. In the meantime, some diseases are making a comeback, such as a  recent measles outbreak in California.

Three in every 1,000 people are not vaccinated. It's a small number, but some say it's a growing concern. About 150 cases of measles has already ready been reported to the Centers for Disease Control this year. Dr. Parag Kumar says the disease which was once eradicated is making a huge comeback.

"In California, most physicians weren't able to diagnose measles, because a lot of them have not even seen this condition. And these children were suffering as a result of this," says Kumar.

Kumar says unvaccinated children are a public health concern. And for one mother, it's all to real. Megan Anderson's son had an allergic reaction to one of his vaccinations. And now, there are some vaccinations he can't have, putting him at an increased risk for some illnesses.

"It scares me for him to go to school and there could be children that are not vaccinated," says Anderson.

But many people are choosing not to vaccinate their children. And they, too, have their own concerns. One father says he's still weighing the pros and cons.

"Some of the side effects, autism, ADHD, Alzheimer's, they say that there is not research to show that there is any correlation, but is there research to show that there isn't?" says Sean Kutra.

He also says some of the ingredients concern him, including thermisol, mercury and formaldehyde. And he doesn't know enough to make an informed decision.

"I think there needs to be a study from independent people and not the government or the drug companies. It needs to be someone who has an unbiased opinion and feels the same as I do and can do a good study and can let people know if this is good or this isn't," says Kutra.

But Kumar says the studies have been done. And the doctor who first introduced a correlation between autism and vaccinations has been discredited.
 
Doctor Kumar says the anti-vaccine movement has always been around. But because of the internet and social media, it's gaining in popularity.
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