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Is There an Alternative Vaccine Schedule?

Is There an Alternative Vaccine Schedule?

Source: Web MD

There are no official alternative vaccine schedules. No major medical group approves of them. And there is no research to show that they are safe. Alternative schedules have not been formally studied, but there is some evidence that they may contribute to disease outbreaks. “States where a high number of parents opt out [of vaccines] show an increased risk of infectious diseases," says Dr. Doug Opel, a pediatrician at Seattle Children's. "It's significant and it's profound."

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