In a two-part investigation Consumer Reports examines the pros and cons in regard to modern-day vaccines. The first part looks at the parents' dilemma: "Do I expose my child and community to the risk of a serious disease? Or do I expose my child to the risk of one of those rare catastrophic reactions to the vaccine itself...?" The story examines some "significant gaps" in the vaccine-safety system, but it also points to studies showing that unimmunized children are many times more likely to contract dangerous disease than vaccinated children. The second part reports on the neglect of adult immunization, and points out that every year as many as 400,000 Americans die of diseases that could have been prevented by routine vaccines.
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