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Report: Vaccines safe, side effects rare
USA Today

Common childhood immunizations do not cause chronic diseases such as autism and diabetes, finds a new expert report that may ease parents’ fears about the safety of vaccines. Authors of the nearly 700-page report, released Thursday, say they took pains to carefully consider virtually every potential complication. While all drugs have side effects, the report notes that vaccine-related complications are extremely rare. Overall, vaccines’ enormous benefits far outweigh the risks, says study co-author S. Claiborne Johnston of the University of California-San Diego.

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