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Refusing Immunizations Puts Children at Increased Risk of Pertussis Infection, Kaiser Permanente Study Finds
Date:5/25/2009

3 times more likely to be infected with whooping cough than vaccinated children.

"As a father of young children, I understand that vaccines can pose confusing and difficult choices, so the purpose of this research is to give parents more information to weigh the benefits and risks, and to provide pediatricians with more information to help participate in the discussion," Glanz said.

According to pediatrician and co-author Matthew F. Daley, MD, of The Children's Hospital Denver and Kaiser Permanente's Institute for Health Research: "Parents want to do what is best for their children and need information to make good decisions regarding immunizations. This study will benefit parents and pediatric health care providers because it helps us better understand some of the risks of not vaccinating against childhood diseases."

Additional study authors include: David L. McClure, Ph.D., David J. Magid, MD, MPH, and Simon J. Hambidge, MD, Ph.D., of the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research; Eric K. France, MD, MSPH, of the Department of Pediatrics, Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Daniel A. Salmon, Ph.D., MPH of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

About the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Research http://kpco-ihr.org/

The Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research (IHR) publishes and disseminates epidemiologic and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and the communities we serve. The organization has a specific focus on conducting research that can be translated into clinical practice, health promotion, and policies to influence the health of individuals and populations. Currently, the IHR's 120-plus staff is working on more than 160 epidemiological and health services research projects. Now in its 1
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