STAUNTON, Va. -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging parents and caretakers to make sure their babies get the proper vaccines.
The effort is all part of national infant immunization week.
Dr. Steven Mumbauer with Valley Pediatric Group said a lot of parents have concerns about a link between autism and vaccines.
Dr. Mumbauer said there are multiiple studies that show that vaccines do not cause autism.
Parents are also concerned about certain things included in vaccines, including some metals like aluminum.
They also ask about chemicals present to help boost kids' responses to the vaccines.
Dr. Mumbaugher said they are harmless and make the vaccines more effective.
This week is a chance to highlight 14 different diseases babies should be vaccinated against.
Two serious ones include whooping cough and a bacteria called pneumococcus.
"Any drugs, any antibiotics. The one thing that has decreased disease and death more than anything are vaccines and they're simple. And they work by making your body produce antibodies against things," said Dr. Mumbauer.
According to the CDC, routine vaccines prevent about 20 million cases of disease and 42,000 deaths from occuring.
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