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There are no kangaroos in vaccines, either

November 18, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Let’s say you were inventing a new flea powder, called Flea-B-Gone. To test it and manufacture it, you’d need a whole mess of fleas. As everyone knows, kangaroo fleas are hardy and docile, so you open up a kangaroo farm to grow your fleas. You treat the […]

Yet more evidence for the safety and effectiveness of vaccines

November 4, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Item #1: A study of about a million (!) girls in Sweden and Denmark showed no serious side effects, none at all, after administration of the HPV vaccine. Item #2: Another study, looking at children vaccinated against influenza from 2010-2012, showed a 77% reduction in life threatening […]

You can find good vaccine info on the web

October 24, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Dr. Google, you’ve let a whole lot of people down. If you Google a vaccine question, and many parents have, you’re very likely to find a good, science-based answer—but it will be buried among dozens of sites with anti-science, pro-disease propaganda. The mountain of misinformation is staggering, […]

False balance in the vaccine “controversy”

August 16, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Science relies on the best available evidence—what we can observe and test and measure. It is not a modality for understanding the ineffable, the divine, or matters of faith. But to figure out what’s going on in a human body, to understand how it works and how […]

Delaying vaccines increases seizure risk

June 24, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD In a large study of a cohort of over 300,000 children, researchers this month showed that delaying the first dose of MMR—giving it even a few months after the recommended age of 12-15 months—approximately doubles the risk of febrile seizures. Fortunately, febrile seizures themselves aren’t harmful. But […]

More reassurance for parents on vaccines and autism

April 1, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD First, it was the MMR-autism link—that turned out to be a complete fabrication, a fraud invented by a single “researcher” who made up his data. He was taking money from plaintiff’s lawyers, and he was trying to patent his own, competing vaccine. Too bad for the scare […]

Dr Bob’s Alternative Vaccine Schedule? He made it up

January 22, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Thinking of buying a car? Talk to the people who know about cars. Look in those magazines that rate cars. Try, maybe, driving some different cars around for a while. Or asking people who’ve already purchased one: do you like it? Would you buy it again? What […]

Mercury in vaccines: Changing perspectives, changing minds

January 2, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD News from the vaccine world: The AAP has announced that it supports the WHO’s position that the mercury-containing preservative, thimerosal, is safe, and should continue to be used in vaccines. The first I can recall hearing the word “thimerosal” was on a bottle of contact lens solution, […]

An HPV vaccine win!

November 13, 2012

The Pediatric Insider © 2012 Roy Benaroch, MD A terrific study gauging the effectiveness of HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) in Australia shows the power of a national program to fight disease. It works! In April 2007, Australia started a national, government-funded program to provide HPV vaccine to all young women accessing health services.  After only […]

Fear the diseases, not the vaccines

October 30, 2012

The Pediatric Insider © 2012 Roy Benaroch, MD About 3 million children’s lives are saved each year by vaccination. In the United States alone, 20 million cases of serious illness are prevented every single year, because of the power of immunizations. That’s why immunizations are among the greatest public health achievements of all time. With […]