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Bengaluru: Leading e-retailer Flipkart on Monday unveiled a novel policy to allow its employees to adopt children.

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“Our employees will be granted paid leave and Rs.50,000 allowance to meet legal, agency and regulatory costs for adoption. We have about 30,000 employees across the country,” a Flipkart spokesman told IANS here.

Adoptive mothers will get six months paid leave and four months of flexible working hours, while adoptive fathers will be eligible for six weeks of paid leave.

Noting that more working couples were adopting children, the e-commerce player said its adoption assistance programme would add value and encourage work-life balance among professionals.

The company, however, did not give break-up of its employees, including working couples and how many of them will opt for adoption.

“The policy objective is to give employees time to bond with an adopted child. Absence from work on prior approval is flexible, as it allows more time to meet their personal needs and priorities,” the company said in a statement.

Adoptive employees can also avail three months of unpaid leave with assurance of job continuity.

“We will facilitate tie-up with day-care centres for children up to six years and its cost will be shared equally by the company and employees,” the statement noted.

In support of its initiative, the company quoted a report from the state-run central adoption resource authority, which said 1,368 children found new homes in the first quarter of this year across the country.

(IANS)

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Tdap Vaccinations Do Not Pose a Risk of Autism

The link between vaccination and development of autism has been refuted by many rigorous scientific investigations. Unfortunately, the misconceptions still generate concerns.

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Prenatal Tdap vaccination does not increase autism risk: Study
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Administering Tdap vaccination — tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis — to pregnant women may not increase children’s risk of developing autism spectrum disorder, claims a study of more than 80,000 children born.

The study showed that the autism spectrum disorder rate in children was 1.5 per cent in the maternal Tdap vaccinated group and 1.8 per cent in the maternal unvaccinated group.

“Infants are at the highest risk of hospitalization and death among any population subgroup after contracting a pertussis infection, a highly contagious respiratory disease also known as the whooping cough,” said lead author Tracy A. Becerra-Culqui, a post-doctoral research student at Kaiser Permanente- a US-based health care company.

there is no indication of an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder in children after being exposed prenatally to the Tdap vaccine
There is no indication of an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder in children after being exposed prenatally to the Tdap vaccine.

“Pregnant women can be reassured by this study that there is no indication of an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder in children after being exposed prenatally to the Tdap vaccine,” Becerra-Culqui added.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at the autism diagnosis for nearly 82,000 children.

The Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices, which provides guidance on the use of vaccines for the US, recommends pregnant women receive the Tdap vaccine to prevent pertussis infection, but some women still hesitate.

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“The link between vaccination and development of autism has been refuted by many rigorous scientific investigations. Unfortunately, the misconceptions still generate concerns,” the researchers said. (IANS)