Read the following article prior to beginning the discussion: Mullen, J. (2015, April 22). Another study finds no link between MMR vaccine and autism. CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/22/health/mmr-vaccine-autism-study/. Then, read the following scenario and respond to the three questions in your initial discussion post. Molly Wilson brings Jenny, her 2-year-old daughter, in for a follow up appointment after an antibiotic-treated otitis media infection. You ask Molly if Jenny is up-to-date on her vaccination schedule. Molly states that she and her husband have discussed vaccines and they have decided to not get Jenny vaccinated because they fear she will develop autism. Jenny has never had a vaccination. What would you say to a parent who is afraid to vaccinate their child for fears of autism? How would you alleviate this parent’s fear that autism is associated with vaccines? A week later, Molly returns with Jenny and states that after a discussion with her husband, they do want to get Jenny vaccinated after all. You realize that Jenny will have to catch up with her 2-year-old peers. Read the vaccine schedule from the CDC for children up to 18 years (PDF), paying close attention to the catch-up schedule. Explain how you would vaccinate Jenny to catch up with other 2-year-olds.
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