Vaccine myths

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Science  28 Apr 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6336, pp. 368-372
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6336.368

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccination schedule protects children from 14 dangerous diseases before 2 years of age including polio, mumps, and whooping cough. But even though vaccination has driven down these life-threatening illnesses, fears surrounding the vaccines themselves sometimes keep parents from following through with shots. Calling themselves "safety advocates," vaccine skeptics have railed against vaccination requirements, alleged government cover-ups of vaccine harms, and—more recently—called for the formation of a new "vaccine safety" commission with vocal vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at its head. Science examined the history behind four of the common false claims against vaccines.