[member-grid items=” Ted Humphry” perrow=”4″ linkprofiles=”1″ /]The desirability of doing immunizations has been debated since the practice gained wide acceptance and became public health policy in the middle of the last century. Now, in the United States, some children get as many as twenty-five shots to immunize against twelve common diseases. Most of the diseases we immunize against are still with us.  Only small pox has been completely eliminated, and we no longer immunize against small pox.

There is a LOT of information on immunizations in print and on the Web.  Most immunization information is written with an agenda, and much of it is not based on science.  If you are looking at information about the wisdom of immunizations, see if it is based on science.  Check out Evaluating Medical Information.

A very good, consumer friendly, review of the science behind immunizations and discussion of concerns about immunizations can be found at The Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Also visit Vaccine Information for the Public and Health Professionals by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC).   The IAC also has immunization information in Spanish.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has several pages of immunization information for parents available at their immunizations/vaccines page.

Doctor Robert Sears wrote The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child, which suggests an incomplete and delayed vaccination plan.  There is a readable, well documented article,  The Problem With Dr. Bob’s Alternative Vaccine Schedule, in a 2009 AAP online journal which is worth reading if you are considering this book by Dr. Sears.

Autism and immunizations has been much in the news and on the minds of new parents.  A well documented article discussing autism and immunizations is available at Clear Answers and Smart Advice About your Baby’s Shots.

This information is presented in an effort to help YOU make an informed decision about immunizations for your child. Immunizations are a large part of well child visits, and we spend a lot of time considering vaccines.  Let us know if you have questions. We can talk about your concerns.

 

Dr. Humphry is Board Certified in Pediatrics and provides a full range of pediatric care from “premie” care through high school age adolescents. Dr. Humphry grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. He attended medical school at the University of Southern California and did a rotating internship at Vancouver General Hospital in British Columbia before working three years in general practice in the Indian Health Service in Alaska. Then he completed a pediatric residence at University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland before moving to Arcata in 1977. Dr. Humphry has seven grown children and a dedicated, loyal wife. He enjoys outdoor activities and is a volunteer guide at Redwood National and State Parks.