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No Risk of Other Infections Found With Common Vaccines

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Routinely administered childhood vaccines do not make children more prone to contracting other infections, according to a Danish study.

The study, published in the August 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, covered more than 800,000 children born in Denmark between 1990 and 2001. All received the standard set of vaccines, the same as those administered in the United States, including ones for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, and polio.

The researchers’ finding that the vaccinated children had no increased risk of contracting other infectious diseases may ease the concerns of parents. Some parents have worried that children could develop other health problems if they receive multiple vaccinations in the first few years of life.

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