It’s an eye-opening survey, to say the least, and its findings are clear: Nearly all — 93% — primary care doctors and pediatricians surveyed say that in a typical month, parents ask them to deviate from the recommended childhood immunization schedule and instead give the shots over a longer period of time, according to a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. And while nearly 90% thought that such spacing out of the immunizations would put the children, and the community at risk of spreading infectious diseases like measles, 37% said they agreed to do so often or always. That was a 131% increase since the last survey, conducted in 2009, when only 16% said they agreed to changing the recommended vaccine schedule.
“Doctors are feeling really conflicted because they overwhelmingly think this is the wrong thing to do, and is putting children at risk, but at the same time…
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A force of 30,000 Sunni and Shi’ite fighters, both soldiers and militia, launched a large-scale offensive Monday to push the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria out of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
Eighty miles northwest of Baghdad, Tikrit could serve as a model for the coming—and much bigger—battle to retake Mosul. ISIS seized Iraq’s second-largest city, as well as Tikrit, last summer in a humiliating defeat for the U.S.-trained Iraqi forces.
General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the local Iraqi military commander, told Iraqi state television that the assault was “going on as planned,” primarily from the east. Iraqi warplanes were attacking targets in and around Tikrit, Iraqi TV added. There was no immediate indication that U.S. or other allied warplanes were involved. Al-Saddi said the goal of the offensive is to turn Tikrit “into a grave for all terrorist groups.”
Pentagon officials said the Iraqi army’s success in retaking Tikrit is…
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