Dr. David Owen addresses some of the most common concerns and misunderstandings about immunizations.">

Apr 24, 2018 — In recent years, some parents have expressed concerns that vaccine immunizations might harm their children. But a majority of all medical professionals agree the proven benefits of immunizations vastly outweigh the risks. On today's Health Minute, Dr. David Owen addresses some of the most common concerns and misunderstandings about immunizations.

Interview

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Interviewer: It's estimated that over the past 50 years childhood immunizations have doubled our lifespan, but some parents are still concerned about their safety. Dr. David Owen, how do you address those fears?

Dr. Owen: The benefits far outweigh any risks that people might experience, so that's one of the reasons that they're recommended as a public health measure. Another issue that has come up in the past is that people worry that the measles, mumps, and rubella immunization might be linked with autism, and in fact, there was a physician in England that was spreading this idea. But that has since been discounted, and many studies have been done since then. And none of them have ever shown a link between the measles, mumps, rubella immunization and autism, and so that's not considered to be an issue.

Interviewer: And be sure to talk openly with your doctor about any of your immunization concerns.

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