Under the recommended plan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children today are vaccinated against 14 infectious diseases, receiving up to 24 vaccines by their second birthday, and up to five in one office visit.
Parents can have confidence about the safety of the standard childhood vaccine schedule, according to a new report from an expert panel.
The Institute of Medicine, which advises the government on health, looked into the issue due to concerns from some parents that children today receive too many vaccines, too soon.
But delaying shots only prolongs the time that babies and children are vulnerable to "devastating diseases," says co-author Pauline Thomas, an associate professor of preventive medicine at New Jersey Medical School. ...