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ST LOUIS MO (KMOX)–A new study suggests a growing number of parents are spreading out their children’s immunizations over a longer period of time.  Its a new trend that has local pediatricians concerned.

Some reports suggests parents are worried about the safety of so many shots so quickly after birth, others just don’t like their kids getting numerous shots so early.

As a result, they’re getting fewer shots at a time, delaying the immunizations.

KMOX Health Editor Fred Bodimer spoke with local pediatrician who explained immunization should happen early and that diseases the vaccine protect against can be fatal.

SLU Care Cardinal Glennon pediatrician Dr. Ken Haller says there’s a reason so many shots are recommended during infancy.

“The diseases that we are hoping to protect against with immunization are more likely to be most serious when children are younger.”

Reports from the Center of Disease Control show 39% of parents refused or delayed giving at least one routine vaccine to their children. That’s almost doubling from previous decades.

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