One-year-old Zhyla is getting her shots to protect against measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox.
Like many moms, Nadia Fogarty worries about her daughter having so many vaccines in the first years of her life.
"I'm still a little bit nervous about it," she said.
An estimated 1 in 10 patients refuse or delay vaccinations over concerns they may cause autism, even though there's no scientific evidence linking the two. Now, a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics says getting multiple vaccines before age 2 doesn't increase the risk of autism either.
"Comparing the antigens received in vaccines between the children with autism and the children without autism we did not find any difference overall," said Dr. Frank DeStefano of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who is one of the study's authors.
Initial worries over vaccines and autism came from a British researcher's study that linked the MMR vaccine to autism. That study was found to be a fraud.
Children today get many more vaccines than they did 20 years ago. By the time a child is 2, they can receive as many as 24 shots.
Pediatricians say it's best to follow the recommended vaccination schedule.
"Vaccination saves lives. When you have a family that doesn't want vaccination or wants to delay the schedule of vaccination you are putting your baby or child at risk for something that can be prevented with vaccine," said Dr. Jessica Sessions, a pediatrician at the William F. Ryan Center.
That's all the reassurance this mom needed.
"They put these vaccines out for a reason," Fogarty said.
She just wants to keep her baby safe and healthy.
Monday marks the start of Autism Awareness Month.
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