Vaccines Save Lives: Get The Word Out

Today is a good day. Why? Because pediatricians are banning together for a cause.

Dr. Paul Offit, Chief of Pediatric Infections Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a book out called Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. (Amazon Link).

Dr. Offit is an expert on vaccines, immunology, and virology. Moreover, he is a huge champion of the PRO-Vaccine movement and according to his Wikipedia page, he is one of the most public faces of the scientific consensus that vaccines have no association with autism.

In an effort to raise as much awareness as possible about the importance and safety of vaccines, pediatricians all over the US are banning together to make Dr. Offit’s book a top seller on Amazon.

To buy the book, click on the Amazon link here: http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Choices-Anti-Vaccine-Movement-Threatens/dp/0465021492/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

To read more about Dr. Offit, you can check out his Wikipage here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Offit

And if you’d like to see a very interesting – and funny interview with Dr. Offit, check out the link below to watch a video.
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/372812/january-31-2011/paul-offit

3 thoughts on “Vaccines Save Lives: Get The Word Out”

  1. Kristie,

    It sounds like you have an issue with how your doctor address you. Which is a legitimate complain.

    At our practice, we work very hard to work with parents. As you said, we understand that it is a partnership.

    I’m sorry that you haven’t found a doctor that meets your needs. I would encourage you to shop around and find one that you like. Going to the peds office is already a hassle. Going to one that you don’t like, well, why would anybody want to do that.

    One last thing that I’d like to mention. You said that pediatrician are using a vaccination schedule that is subjective. As you may know, the schedule that most pediatricians use is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is a schedule that is reviewed with a keen eye. It is not subjective.

    Thank you for your comments.

    Brandon

  2. Vaccines do save lives, I think what many parents object to, is being held to a largely subjective schedule of what they feel is entirely too many vaccines. Being treated like a moron who should not be allowed to make decisions for their children doesn’t help. For example, Hep B is now given as standard in infancy and many parents don’t understand why a disease they perceive as an STD or needle sharing transmission is given to infants. Explaining the hardiness of the virus, the risks of contracting it from a transfusion during emergency surgery, from a bite from a playmate, playground blood, etc. and providing documentation as to the vaccine’s safety would go a long way to allaying fears.

    Many physicians never sit down and have an actual conversation with their clients, who are brand new parents of the patient, about the benefits vs. potential side effects of the vaccine. Instead, they are given a leaflet and expected to hand and sign over the infant or toddler who is everything they have invested in this world.

    My children are vaccinated, although they were vaccinated on a slower schedule than the standard. One pediatrician looked at me as if I had horns on my head when I asked her questions about each vaccine she was about to have the nurse give, benefits, side effects and what I could expect the next day. I have twins, and her staff would not be around to care for them if they started vomiting and running a high fever; it’s a big deal when you are alone with tiny, fragile babies who get sick and stop eating. I would ask these questions with any prescription I was given, it would be expected of me, yet if I want to be informed about vaccines, I am simply troublesome.

    If the medical establishment did a better job of treating parents as partners in their patient’s care, rather than imbecile adversaries, they may have a better rate of compliance with vaccination.

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