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Overview: In recent years, some people have raised concerns about the safety of childhood vaccines in relation to the risk of autism. In this Medically Speaking Podcast, Dr. Virginia Keane addresses those concerns. She says there are no studies showing a definitive link between vaccines and autism. Instead, she says, it is coincidental that autism symptoms begin at around the same age at which children are due for key vaccinations.
In this interview with Karen Buckelew, Dr. Keane describes the importance of getting kids vaccinated against serious diseases that were once prevalent in the U.S., including measles, pertussis and polio. She says the U.S. could see a resurgence of these diseases if enough children are not vaccinated and points out that these diseases still are prevalent in other areas of the world, putting children at risk when they are traveling if they haven't been vaccinated.
Dr. Keane is a pediatrician at the University of Maryland Hospital for Children and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Keane also is president of the Maryland chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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