Vaccine Controversy Continues

Vaccine Controversy Continues

Today, children routinely receive 21 vaccinations before they even enter kindergarten — more than double what they received even a decade ago. Vaccine fears are at an all time high, intensified by the recall of the rotavirus vaccine and the problem of mercury-containing vaccines.

The debate has reached Congress, which conducted hearings in August 1999.

Like antibiotics, vaccines have prevented unfathomable suffering, but they also have a real, human cost. Just because we can make a vaccine doesn’t mean that we should give it. Instead we need a sober, continuing reevaluation of the risks and benefits of each vaccine in the ever-changing world in which we live.

The current vaccine recommendations represent the best information available and are updated at least once a year.

My hope is that our public conversation, rather than getting side-tracked by fear, strengthens this rational reevaluation process.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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