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Is it safe to combine several vaccines in a single shot?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
There have been debates about the safety of combining several vaccines into a single shot. But there is no scientific reason not to give a child the combined  vaccines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to a CDC report titled "General Recommendations on Immunization," the rates for a vaccine reverting to a virulent form and having any adverse reactions were the same for combined vaccines as they were for singly administered vaccines. The major benefits of simultaneous administration are fewer shots for the child and assurance that a child has received all the requisite shots at the right age.

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