When to take your kid to the doctor: 10 reasons to vaccinate
AUSTIN, Texas — The pediatricians and pediatricians’ groups are fighting back with new campaign videos and a website to urge parents to vaccinating their kids.
In the latest sign of the strain of vaccine debate sweeping the country, the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to be cautious about vaccinating for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
The campaign includes the popular “My First Vaccine” video, featuring Dr. Richard Blum, the director of pediatric infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Blum says he thinks there’s an “overwhelming” amount of evidence that vaccines are effective.
“I think there’s a lot of scientific consensus, and I think that the consensus is that vaccines work,” he said in the video.
We need to keep all of the facts in mind, he says.
It’s important to remember that all of us have a lot more to gain than just getting a few shots, Blum says.
“You need to understand the science behind these vaccines.”
In recent years, there have been more than 3,500 confirmed cases of pertusses in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the United Kingdom is on track to have zero cases of the disease by the end of this year, the United Arab Emirates has recorded nearly two dozen cases in the last month, the World Health Organization said Friday.
New Zealand reported six cases, and Canada is also seeing increases in cases.
Dr. David Kessler, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Childrens Hospital of Boston, said he sees a growing number of cases in places like the Middle East, Europe, and the United Nations where vaccination rates are low.
There are also concerns about the safety of the vaccine given the recent increase in coronavirus cases, he said.
For example, Dr. Kessler noted that many of the new coronaviruses have a genetic sequence similar to a virus found in the bacteria that causes diphtylpyramine, the medicine that caused diphterminemia in children.
If that’s the case, a vaccine could not be 100 percent effective against the virus, he added.
Still, the number of pertus-related deaths in the U.S. has fallen dramatically in recent years.
But Kessler worries that there is still a long way to go in preventing a pandemic.
So far, more than 9,000 Americans have died of perturbations related to the vaccine, according a report by the nonprofit Vaccine Alliance in March.
And as of Thursday, there were no cases of measles or mumps in the US, the report said.
But it also warned of the dangers of the virus spreading by air travel.