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Today on ‘just vaccinate your fucking children already’ news: 

Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously.

By Jen Christensen and Nadia Kounang, CNN

(CNN) — Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period.

That’s what a project that screened more than 20,000 scientific titles and 67 papers on vaccine safety concludes this week. The review appears in the latest edition of the medical journal Pediatrics.

The evidence strongly suggests that side effects from vaccines are incredibly rare, the study authors said. They found no ties between vaccines and the rising number of children with autism, as a small but vocal group of anti-vaccine activists, including actors Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carey, have said.

(Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud’)

The review also found no link between vaccines and childhood leukemia, something that was suggested inearlier studies.

The researchers found that some vaccines did cause a few adverse effects but it was only for a tiny fraction of the population.

There was evidence that the meningococcal vaccine can lead to anaphylaxis — a severe, whole-body allergic reaction — in children allergic to ingredients in the vaccine. Other studies found the MMR vaccine was linked to seizures.

"Vaccines, like any other medication, aren’t 100% risk free," said Dr. Ari Brown an Austin, Texas-based pediatrician and author of the popular book “Baby 411,” who was not involved with the study.

"You have a sore arm, redness at the injection site. Those are the things we see commonly. Fortunately the serious adverse effects is extremely rare."

Brown said parents ask her how safe vaccines are all the time. Some patients also ask if they should delay or stagger the vaccinations. She counsels against that practice. She said the younger the child, the more danger these diseases present.

"By delaying the vaccines you’re putting your child at risk," Brown said.

(Study: Don’t delay measles vaccine)

The positive effects of vaccines dramatically outweigh the bad, experts said.

An editorial accompanying the study calls vaccines “one of the most successful public health achievements of the 20th century.”

Because of vaccines, many diseases that plagued children for centuries have all but been eliminated.

"There were good reasons that these diseases were targeted for vaccine development since they are so life-threatening," said Dr. Carrie Byington, vice-chair for research in the University of Utah’s pediatrics department, and the new chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on infectious diseases.

Millions of Americans live longer on average because of the protection vaccines provide. Life expectancy has gone up in the United States by more than 30 years. Infant mortality decreased from 100 deaths per 1000 to 7 between the 1900s and 2000. 

read more from CNN (also links to study findings are in parentheses throughout the text)

also CNN link, goes to article and video, video starts on it’s own so be careful.

Because there is literally nothing more important than the eradication of diseases that kill people en mass.

Early mornings late nights.

Well this writing thing hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped, well, consistently that is. It has been a busy last week. Finally had a night out with my girlfriends too. It was a great time, though, I felt almost out of place after not having been in a bar for so long. Still was a good time though. Drank the perfect amount too. You know that, I’m pretty well drunk but not pass out or puke drunk? Just a happy drunk. I needed that, just to feel carefree for atleast a little while. Minus the 15 texts from the hubby asking questions about the baby. But, that was to be expected his first night at home with them without me. I got back into my good dress jeans and the shirt I wore for my 21st birthday (yes I still have it lol) so I guess I’m not doing too bad this time around, weight wise. My dressy jeans were even kind of big which is insane! It’s 6 in the a.m. hubby just got off work and we’re just starting the day. Gotta love rotating shift. Signing off for now. Have a good day all

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