Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dr. Offit looking like a bad ass on The Colbert Report!

Like most pediatricians I am vehemently pro-vaccine. When you look at the data there's really no question that vaccines save lives with minimal to no side effects. To put my money where my mouth is, both my of my own kids have received their shots as per the CDC recommended schedule.

Unfortunately, for a variety of factors there's a pretty active anti-vaccine movement in this country. Dr. Paul Offit is a frequent target of these attacks. He is the head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, noted vaccine proponent, world renowned scientist and developer of the RotaTeq vaccine for rotavirus (causes massive diarrhea in children). He recently published a book: Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All.

Last night he was on The Colbert Report to discuss his book. I'm hoping that the folks who aren't swayed with science to vaccinate their kids will be swayed with humor. It's nice to see pediatricians who are often the geeks-who-get-tossed-in-the-locker of the medical "high school" looking hip and cool on national TV!

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