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St. Petersburg, Fla. - April 23, 2014 - All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine is reminding parents of the importance of getting children vaccinated during World Immunization Week (April 23-30) and National Infant Immunization Week (April 26-May 3). In a new article, All Children's Hospital helps break down some of the top myths surrounding childhood immunizations.

"From vaccinations causing autism to multiple vaccinations overwhelming the immune system, doctors have heard it all," says Dr. Juan Dumois, Clinical Practice Director for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Chairman of the Division of Infectious Disease at All Children's Hospital. "However, it's important that parents truly understand the truth about these myths and recognize that vaccines are one of the most effective methods of preventing serious diseases in their children and the spread of these diseases to others."

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) statistics show that 85 percent of health care providers have had a parent refuse a vaccine each year. During World Immunization Week and National Infant Immunization Week, All Children's Hospital urges parents to follow the immunization guidelines set by the AAP recommending the necessary immunizations for children by age two that protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases such as whooping cough and measles.

Read the article from All Children's Hospital that addresses the myths surrounding childhood vaccinations.

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