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      Poll: Opt out of shots?

      Health officials are reporting four Tennessee cases of a rare infant illness that have been linked to parents refusing a routine shot for newborns.

      The four Nashville-area infants suffered brain or stomach bleeding earlier this year.

      Their parents had declined vitamin K shots, which have routinely been given to newborns since 1961.

      The shots improve blood clotting and prevent internal bleeding.

      All four children were treated with vitamin K and survived.

      On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the illnesses were the first tied to parents opting out of the shots; reports of vitamin K deficiency are rare.

      The CDC said the parents cited a belief that the shots weren't necessary or cause leukemia.

      Officials say neither is true.

      Tonight in the Daily Pulse we're wondering: Do you believe parents should be able to opt out of the Vitamin K and Hepatitis B shots normally given to children immediately after birth? Yes or no? Why or why not?