As a medical student, I strongly support vaccination.  It works, it's safe, and it doesn't cause autism.  But I also understand why many parents don't believe me and the medical community when we beg them to vaccinate their kids. Medicine has come a long way from "do no harm."  Now we talk about risks and benefits: and none of our tests, medicines, or procedures are without risks.  Increasingly, pharmaceutical companies have ...

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Some people who argue against vaccinations claim that vaccine policies infringe on their “rights” -- their rights, as parents, to make medical decisions for their children. It’s a scary, misleading, and chilling message. We need to be careful about where one person’s rights end and the next person’s rights begin. We need to remember that children (their children, and your children too) have rights of their own. For example, Dr. Bob ...

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Cases of measles linked to an exposure at Disneyland continue to spread, not just in California, but in several other states and in Mexico. The numbers of cases are climbing -- and so are the number of exposed people who might get sick -- and expose more people before they realize they are sick. Measles is extremely contagious; if someone has it, they will infect 90 percent of the people ...

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A cartoon of an angry looking physician, a spotted boy, and some anxious parents in The New Yorker reads, “If you connect the measles, it spells out, ‘My parents are idiots’.”

A facetious article in GomerBlog announces, “Big Pharma Admits They’re Just Trying to Kill Everyone with Vaccines.”

Even television host Stephen Colbert gets in on the make-fun-of-anti-vaxxers act, recently declaring, ...

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Many parents around the U.S. are asking what to do about a possible measles exposure with a baby at home who is too young to be immunized. Should they stay home? Can they travel? Should they cancel that trip to Utah or to Vermont or even to Disney next month? Can they head out to the store without worry? Are they “safe"? I hate that I can’t completely say they are ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Hand Dishwashing Tied to Fewer Allergies for Kids. Children whose families washed dishes by hand were associated with a lower risk of developing allergies compared to those who used a machine dishwasher.
  2. 10 Questions: Jordan Grumet, MD. What's the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today? "The government," said Jordan ...

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We all know them. We see them on TV. We read about them in the paper. And, with the explosion of social media, you hear about it from people you know. If you have a Facebook account with a sizable enough network of friends, you’ve probably seen at least one negative comment about vaccines. On one end of the spectrum, there are the seemingly innocent people who claim that they ...

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As the measles outbreak gathers worrisome steam in parallel to the explosion of passionate rants both pro and anti-vaccination, I find myself wondering; what is this really about? Rather than get bogged down in the myriad of issues on either side- though at the outset I will say that as a pediatrician I unequivocally recommend vaccination; I will aim to look at the bigger picture. Is this issue really about trying ...

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"Nervous." I’ve heard that word a lot lately. It keeps falling from the mouths of my families in clinic, landing on the floor with a silent thud. I mean, we have a right to be. We should be. It is one of the most infectious diseases on the planet, today about 400 people worldwide will have died of it, and the number of infected people in the U.S. is climbing. As Read more...

In a recent post ("Dear Anti-Vax Parents: We’re Not Mad At You"), I wrote about the critical need for better education and communication between doctors and vaccine-hesitant parents. It was far more popular than I would have imagined, and I appreciate all of you who shared it. And in the spirit of providing reliable information about vaccine-preventable ...

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