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Doctors Discuss Vaccine Controversy

Vaccinations have been hailed as one of the most important health advances in history. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly forty percent of parents have delayed or declined at least one of their children's shots. That change in attitude toward vaccinations has fueled outbreaks of mumps, measles and whooping cough - infectious diseases once nearly eliminated.

Guests

Kallanna Manjunath, M.D.
Pediatrician in practice with Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Center in Albany, NY.

Dennis W. Metzger, Ph.D.
Professor and director of the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at the Albany Medical College.

Michael Wolff, M.D.
Board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, and in practice with Community Care Physicians Troy, NY.

Related Resources

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers immunization and vaccine schedules, recommendations and more.

• The Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks to provide 'an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines.'

• The National Network for Immunization Information provides up-to-date, science-based information to healthcare professionals, the media and the public.

• The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases leads research to understand, treat and prevent infections, immunologic and allergic diseases.

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