Vaccinations? Assessing the Risks and Benefits
Vaccinations? Assessing the Risks and Benefits - A seminar program presented by Jay Gordon MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM - author and nationally recognized pediatrician, addresses one of the most frequently asked question in the pediatrician's office - "Which vaccinations are best for my child and when and how is the safest way to schedule them?"
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About the Actor
As a pediatrician in private practice in Santa Monica for 25 years, Dr. Jay Gordon is one of the most respected family medicine practitioners in the nation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, UCLA visiting professor and lecturer, book author, television/radio commentator and internationally recognized in the areas of pediatric nutrition and parenting. Dr. Gordon began his pediatric career as a Senior Fellow in Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York. After his residency at Children s Hospital in Los Angeles, Dr. Gordon joined the teaching/attending faculty at UCLA Medical Center and Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. With an intense interest in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, he is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam. He has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for twenty years. He has been nationally influential as a script consultant for scores of television programs and expert commentator, prompting the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Television and the Media to name Dr. Gordon one of the most influential doctors in America . Dr. Gordon has authored five books and and is a regular contributor to nationally recognized journals and parenting magazines such as Fit Pregnancy and Mothering Magazine. He is the only MD that regularly contributes his blog at HuffingtonPost.com. At his website, drjaygordon.com he posts useful information about his approach to pediatric care and conducts regular chat rooms with parents and other healthcare professionals.
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The author is honest and is not scared of sharing what he honestly think, what he should say vs what he says and why. I really like his perspective and I feel like it's a good complement to other vaccine books out there (I have the Dr Sears Books and the one from Stephanie Cave).
Vaccination is such an important subject that you really want to get the most information and make your own research before taking a decision you will be comfortable with, at least this is how I feel and what I did.
As far as the video, Dr. Jay goes into great detail, covering the numerous vaccines and diseases for which they were created with a multitude of facts. He breaks it down easily and reinforces the value of individualizing the vaccine schedule for each child/family, instead of lumping every child into the mass.
It must be said that Dr. Jay is NOT against vaccinations, he acknowledges that most of the shots have done their job - however, now that most of the diseases are no longer running rampant in the US, he recognizes the importance of risk assessment - weighing the risks and benefits of vaccinating. For instance, it is much better for a HEALTHY child before the teenage years to contact chicken pox naturally. They will develop a lifelong immunity from it and we don't have to worry about the potential harm down the line from various things in vaccines, like aluminum, etc. On the alternate swing, if your child gets the chicken pox shot, it is not a lifelong immunity, so if they don't continue to get boosters, they could contract the disease as an adult, whereby it is much more dangerous.
Does a 6 week old infant really need the Hep B vaccine, which you can only contract through intravenous drug usage or unprotected sex? I don't think most parents know enough about the diseases and how people contract them or most parents would pass this off and have their child get it when they are 8 or 10 or 12 - when promiscuous behavior is more likely to start. This is an example of the kind of information offered in this incredible lecture.
I believe that Dr. Jay is a man "ahead of his time" and this video respects the intelligence of us parents, encouraging us to educate ourselves and then make the best decision based on our situation. My 3 yr old twins are patients of Dr. Jay and we did get the DTP shot when they turned 3 because whopping cough still makes significant enough outbreaks, especially in Southern California where there are less vaccinations given on the whole. We did a risk assessment and decided that shot was right for us.
All in all, this video is an excellent educational tool and I guarantee it will enlighten you, especially for those parents who are not comfortable with the current vaccine schedule pushed by the AAP.
And on a side note, Dr. Jay is just as wonderful in person as he appears in his columns, books, and videos. If you are a cosleeping parent, I would highly recommend his book, "Good Nights", as well as "Listening to Your Baby" (if you can find it, it is going out of print, but provides fabulous nutritional information and a breakdown of vaccinations.) Dr. Jay was the first doctor to sit for and be certified as a male lactation consultant and has extensive background in pediatric nutrition. He is a blessing to our community. Good luck to you all!
As can be judged not only by this video but by articles on his website and elsewhere, Gordon ignores the vaccine recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leaders in the field of child and public health, in favor of his own claimed experience and antivaccine prejudices.
Gordon acknowledges discouraging parents from taking advantage of vaccines and (as of August 2010) has a glowing tribute on his website to the disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield, whose flawed research and scaremongering about the MMR vaccine led to a resurgence of measles in Great Britain.
Listening to Gordon will put your child at risk.