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5 Doctors Who Don't Advocate Vaccine Choice for Parents

By    |   Monday, 23 March 2015 01:54 AM

In a time of escalating measles and whooping cough cases, the debate about vaccine safety is often contentious and heartfelt, from both sides.

Here are 5 doctors who advocate in favor of vaccines:

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Dr. Robert Pearl writes for Forbes magazine. In an article on vaccinations, he said, “Simply put, the benefits of vaccination substantially outweigh the risks. Yet for the last two decades, fear mongers associated with the anti-vaccine movement in the U.S. and other developed countries have convinced some parents to refuse to vaccinate their kids. The result is an erosion in health gains, both individual and collective. And in some parts of the country, we are witnessing a reversal of what many believe is one of the greatest advances in medical science in the last century.” 

Dr. Bob Sears believes that vaccines have made tremendous difference in controlling disease, but he also believes parents should be given options and good information about vaccines. On his website, he said, “The bottom line is that more and more parents want options. If we don’t provide them with options they are comfortable with, more parents will opt out of vaccines altogether. We will then see more and more disease fatalities and complications.” Sears wrote “The Vaccine Book” and is a fan of an alternate schedule for giving vaccines rather than the traditional schedule. He also has been quoted as saying that people should not live in fear of having measles, according to Forbes

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Dr. Matthew F. Daley, a researcher and pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Research, has focused on vaccine safety in his career. Although with epidemiologist Jason M. Glanz, he wrote in Scientific America, “The key facts parents need to know, though, are that vaccines prevent potentially fatal diseases, that vaccines have a high degree of safety, and that their safety is constantly evaluated and reevaluated in a system operating independently from the pharmaceutical companies that make vaccines.” 

Dr. Nivedita More, a California pediatrician, made the decision to end her professional relationship with parents who chose not to vaccinate, according to The New York Times. But if parents chose to delay or change the vaccination schedule, she continued to work with them in her practice because “ultimately they will get vaccinated.” More told the Times, “The people who didn’t want to vaccinate at all — I had a really hard time converting them. They are never going to change.”

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Dr. Harvey Carp, author of “The Happiest Baby,” has spoken out repeatedly to address the idea that vaccines and autism are related. He told Sound Advice, “So many parents have become paralyzed with indecision that they’ve lost track of the fact that shots have saved millions of children and adults from disease, deformity, disability and death. In the 1930s, whooping cough’s painful strangulation was epidemic. In the ‘40s, the vaccine became widely used, and by the ’50s, whooping cough was uncommon. In the 1940s, paralytic polio terrorized every family. In the ‘50s, the vaccine became widely used, and by the ‘60s, polio was almost eradicated. …Shots are so important that even the most vocal vaccine advocators swear they’re not anti-vaccine. Unfortunately, their actions make a travesty of their words. With alarming Web sites and a relentless, multiyear media blitz, they have single-handedly unleashed a huge vaccine backlash. They shredded decades of public health investment and triggered a surge of shot phobia that threatens to add epidemics of infection to the tragic rise of autism that already weighs so heavily on children and families.”  

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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