The recommended schedule of
"Vaccines are among the most effective and safe public health interventions to prevent serious disease and death. Because of the success of vaccines, most Americans have no firsthand experience with such devastating illnesses as
The report, which was released this month,comes as some parents and health activists have said that the vaccinations could cause health problems in children.
Dr. Paul Greenberger, professor in
"Vaccine safety is on a lot of people's minds all of the time, and identifying safety issues," Greenberger said.
But he and his fellow researchers found no cause for alarm about the schedule of vaccinations that pediatricians recommend for children. The researchers examined data on the vaccination' safety record produced by the federal
"We could not find evidence that the complete schedule is unsafe," Greenberger said. "We looked at chronic conditions, and found no evidence for a relationship between them and the complete composite schedule."
These chronic conditions include allergies,
By the time that they start kindergarten, about 90 percent of children in the United States receive most of the age-appropriate vaccines suggested by the federal immunization schedule, according to the report.
That schedule, which the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices prepared, can include one to five injections in a pediatric visit, with a total of 24 immunizations given by age 2.
Greenberger said researchers should continue to examine databases about vaccinations and
Greenberger and the study's co-authors recommend that the federal government do more to support the Vaccine Safety
The project, which is a collaborative effort between the Immunization Safety Office for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and nine managed care organizations, has compiled a large database about vaccinations and their medical outcomes.
"We recommended that the government fund and support the project. We also recommended that the (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services consider expanding the Vaccine Safety Datalink partnerships," Greenberger said. "We thought the data could be useful for collecting data for additional studies and for ongoing efforts to learn about the schedule's safety."
Dr. Gary Freed, chief of the division of general