When you're a parent, keeping up with the latest medical science can be a real challenge. A lot of parents don't have the time or resources to dedicate to finding studies throughout the year. Staying informed is important, though, especially when it comes to topics like vaccinations. Here are five studies about vaccinations from 2018 that every parent needs to read.
There's no federal law that requires vaccination. However, each state has laws requiring that kids who attend public schools be vaccinated against the following, as reported by Pro Con: diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (which is often given in a DTaP vaccine); polio (which is an IPV vaccine); measles and rubella (usually in a MMR vaccine); and varicella (which is chickenpox).
You can learn more about your specific state's requirements by contacting your child's doctor. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides information on how each state approaches vaccinations.
Lack of federal law doesn't mean you should skip your kid's vaccinations, though. These studies have added a lot to the conversation around vaccinations.