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Should I Vaccinate My Child?

Should I Vaccinate My Child?

There can be many reasons for fear of or opposition to vaccination. Some people have religious or philosophic objections. Some see mandatory vaccination as interference by the government into what they believe should be a personal choice. Others are concerned about the safety or efficacy of vaccines, or may believe that vaccine-preventable diseases do... »

Autism Facts

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along... »

Infant Mortality Rate in the United States

In 2005, the United States infant mortality rate ranked below that of many other industrialized nations, with a rate of 6.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. This represents a slight increase from the rate of 6.8 per 1,000 in 2004, but is still considerably... »


Child Abuse and Neglect

State child protective services (CPS) agencies received approximately 3.3 million referrals, involving an estimated 6.0 million children, alleging abuse or neglect in 2006. More than half of these reports... »

Children’s Health Status in the United States

The general state of a child’s health as perceived by their parents is a useful measure of the child’s overall health and ability to function. The 2007 National Survey... »

U.S. Infant Mortality Rates

In 2006, 28,527 infants died before their first birthday, representing an infant mortality rate of 6.7 deaths per 1,000 live births. The leading cause of infant mortality was congenital... »

Current Health Condition of Children in the United States

The health of the current child population reflects the overall health of the Nation and has important implications for the future as these children grow into adults. Many childhood... »