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Childhood immunizations are one of the most significant advances of modern medicine. They have reduced the rate at which children contract serious infectious diseases from almost universal to almost 0. Unfortunately, immunizations are not 100% effective even when administered properly and timely. In order to be effective and prevent the spread of disease, immunizations must be administered to a very high percentage of the population. Unfortunately the information that Lake Pediatrics will serve the population of unimmunized children has spread to the extent that this practice is no longer a safe haven even for immunized children. We no longer have in our waiting room what is called herd immunity. This is a dangerous situation for all of our patients. According to the Lake County Health Department there has recently been an increase in the incidence of Pertussis and Mumps in Lake County and nationwide. In my 38 years of pediatric practice and three years of residency I have neve
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