August 17, 2013 I am always amazed by how many parents refuse to vaccinate their children against diseases that once filled my waiting room and led to often devastating consequences. Garbage cleverly masquerading as scientific fact often trumps the recommendation of organizations such as The National Institute of Health, The World Health Organization, and The American Academies of Pediatrics and Family Practice.
Vaccines save lives. In, “Dangerous online writing demands physician attention” by Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., Dr Swanson takes on the problem of false and erroneous information published in the press and on the internet. We are wrapping up the back-to-school season and doing record numbers of school physicals. Unfortunately, myths and outright lies perpetuated by the internet seriously impede our ability to protect our children and community.
When researching immunizations online, please balance the information you read with material from NIH.gov, The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Practice. Please discuss your fears with your doc and try to keep an open mind.
Gardisil protects sexually active teens and young adults against HPV, the virus responsible for venereal warts and some types of cervical cancer. Apparently, there is a lot of negative internet material about Gardisil as many parents have references of problems from Gardisil. The Center for Disease Control monitors adverse reactions for all vaccines and information of Gardisil’s safety record is published regularly. All vaccines have risks. Shoot, what doesn’t? Certainly, driving your child to school in a car or bus risks getting them injured in an auto accident.
What I know is the following: When I diagnose a young man or woman with HPV, I have to worry that he/she will commit suicide. The conversation goes like this:
“X, you have venereal warts. They are caused by a virus called HPV and tend to recur randomly on your genitals and in the pubic area. We can destroy them by freezing them or using topical medications that cause redness and irritation. They are associated with cervical and some other cancers and you or your lover will need to be screened for problems on a regular basis. Although there is no known cure, sometimes your immune system appears to eradicate the virus. Sometimes it won’t. You will need to notify all sexual contacts that you have the virus and make sure any future potential partner knows in advance that you may give it to them. There are two vaccines that can protect against HPV but no proven evidence that having the vaccine once you are infected will do any good. Do you have any questions?”
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August 17, 2013
I am always amazed by how many parents refuse to vaccinate their children against diseases that once filled my waiting room and led to often devastating consequences. Garbage cleverly masquerading as scientific fact often trumps the recommendation of organizations such as The National Institute of Health, The World Health Organization, and The American Academies of Pediatrics and Family Practice.