Myths, complacency stymie fight against measles, experts say

February 11, 2015 1:01 AM

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WASHINGTON Small but increasing numbers of U.S. parents – many of them affluent – are dangerously opting out of childhood vaccinations for a host of misguided reasons, health experts told a Senate hearing Tuesday.

These include philosophical objections, misinformation and fear of vaccine side effects and ingredients. Mistrust of the rigorous childhood vaccination schedule has also created problems, along with a lack of familiarity among today’s parents with past childhood diseases and scourges.

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