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U.S. Parents Pressure Doctors to Spread Out Kid Vaccinations

More than 90 percent of doctors said they had received requests for vaccination delays, according to a survey published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

More than 90 percent of doctors said they had received requests for vaccination delays, according to a survey published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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Doctors face great pressure from parents to spread out children’s vaccinations and in most cases agree to delays, raising the threat from preventable, infectious diseases, a University of Colorado study found.

More than 90 percent of doctors said they had received requests for vaccination delays, according to a survey published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Three-quarters of doctors said they agreed to a delay at least some of the time, even though they knew it was harmful.