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Vaccines: We’re all in this together

July 17, 2017

The Pediatric Insider © 2017 Roy Benaroch, MD When we work together, great things can happen. Polio has been around since ancient times – there are depictions of it in art thousands of years old. Improved sanitation helped, but it was vaccines that have nearly eradicated polio from the world. This is a disease that […]

Nursing and vaccines: Two good things, great together

April 28, 2017

The Pediatric Insider © 2017 Roy Benaroch, MD Stefanie wrote in: My question is related to the MMR vaccine. Would it be better to stop breastfeeding at 11 months and then get the MMR 1st shot vaccine at 12 months? Or did I understand correctly that the maternal antibodies from breastmilk will not interfere with […]

Serious allergic reactions to vaccines: Something else not to worry about

April 18, 2016

The Pediatric Insider © 2016 Roy Benaroch, MD A huge study of over 25 million doses of vaccines has shown that serious allergic reactions are super-rare, and even when they do occur they’re typically easy to treat. Published in the October, 2015 edition of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the study looked at […]

Vaccine reactions: How your “gut feelings” can fool you

November 23, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD I’m struck, sometimes, by the vehement tone of some of the antivaccine comments you see out there. People who hate or distrust vaccines proudly proclaim that their Googling and life experiences have taught them that vaccines are bad. They don’t care what the science or the evidence […]

Measles vaccine: A real immunity super-booster

October 29, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD What if there was an intervention that could reduce a child’s risk of death from infection—from any infection—by half? And that one intervention’s immune-boosting power lasted 2 or 3 years. It’s also very safe, with a very small risk of any serious side effects. Pat yourself on […]

Serious side effects of vaccines are rare. What does that mean?

October 1, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2014 Roy Benaroch, MD Since every second of my life, and then some, seems preoccupied with the transition to the New and Improved ICD-10 code set — I can’t imagine how I lived so long without being able to code for macaw attacks – I’ve had no time to write anything […]

Delaying vaccines is not a good idea

May 21, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD I get asked, now and then, about delaying vaccines. What’s the harm? #1: An increased risk of disease There are many, many studies that have documented less disease in vaccinated individuals. Here’s one, just one recent one, from April 2015. Researchers in Israel looked at cases of […]

A few surprising vaccine myths – Betcha didn’t know!

February 23, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD Myth 1: Vaccines work by preventing disease in individuals who are vaccinated. Nope, that’s not actually true—it’s quite wrong, but in a subtle way. And a misunderstanding of this concept, I think, has led to a lot of mischief. If people understood how vaccines really work, how […]

Vaccines: Children have rights, too

February 9, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD Some people who argue against vaccinations claim that vaccine policies infringe on their “rights”—their rights, as parents, to make medical decisions for their children. It’s a scary, misleading, and chilling message. We need to be careful about where one person’s rights end and the next person’s rights […]

Immunity, breastfeeding, and the timing of measles vaccine

January 27, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD Leave it to Disney to make a splash—any day now, we’ll hear that Anna and Elsa have caught the measles themselves (imagine a link to the sisters all covered with spots, looking miserable in the hospital, with a worried snowman and moose cowering in the background. “For […]