Vaccine Advice for Parents From Pediatricians

This Week is National Infant Immunization Week

With all the controversy surrounding childhood vaccines – and the increasing number of required immunizations over the last few years – parents are understandably overwhelmed. In their first six years of life alone, children are supposed to receive 11 different vaccines.


This week, in honor of National Infant Immunization Week (April 25 – May 1), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is offering a new resource to parents – a series of audio interviews with pediatricians, infectious disease experts and others tackling some tough questions about vaccines, including:

• Are there toxins in vaccines?

• Is it better to let your child get chickenpox naturally?

• Is the HPV vaccine safe?

• Do vaccines cause autism?

• Why should babies get the Hepatitis B vaccine?

Listen to the interviews. You can browse and listen to one question at a time, or download intire interviews.

The experts you’ll hear from include AAP President David T. Tayloe, Jr., M.D.; AAP President-Elect Judith Palfrey, M.D.; renowned pediatrician and child development expert T. Berry Brazelton; and other top physicians.

There’s also an audio clip from Ken Reibel, the father of an autistic child and creator of the blog Autism News Beat, talking about why he believes some parents mistakenly blame vaccines for autism. The question of whether or not some vaccines actually cause autism in children continues to prompt debate. While medical researchers say no definitive evidence exists linking vaccines to autism, parents and activists have long argued that there is a connection.

The AAP, probably the nation’s leading advocate for childhood vaccines is hoping the audio interviews will inform parents, clear up any confusion and convey the important role vaccines play in the health of a child.

– Deirdre Wilson

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