Dr. Brian Raley is a pediatrician in Tulsa. He’s very outspoken about vaccines and making sure all of his patients are up to date. He does not see children whose parents will not let them get vaccinated.
The HPV vaccine prevents cancer. Simple as that. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that leads to cervical cancer as well as a number of other cancers. It can be prevented, however, with a simple vaccine.
Recent studies have found that the HPV vaccine is very safe. One study looked to see if the vaccine causes multiple sclerosis or any other nervous system related diseases. It does not. Another looked to see if girls who get the HPV vaccine become more sexually active. They do not.
This is a safe and effective vaccine that prevents cancers. Can’t say that enough. Dr. Amy Middleman is a researcher with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She’s studied how parents and health providers approach the vaccine. Her research has found a disconnect between the two, something she says needs to be resolved quickly.
We’re all about making science fun and easy to understand here at Science Is OK. Vaccines can be one of the more misunderstood aspects of modern science. After all, you’re putting a dead pathogen in your body and expecting your body to develops antibodies. Which it does.
The NIB is a website that uses humor and comics to explore sociological issues. That includes vaccines. Click here to read their explanation of vaccines and some of the recent controversies. Do vaccines cause autism? No. They explain why Andrew Wakefield’s study was a sham from the very beginning. Should we be afraid of chemicals in our food? Well some, of course, but chemicals are everywhere (and the names can sound very scary) but the comic has a fantastic explanation why it’s important to not let the highfalutin words scare you away.
I can’t recommend this comic enough and if you haven’t already…please get your vaccines, especially the little ones.
Have you received your flu vaccine yet this year? How about your children? If not, please…please call your doctor or health department to get vaccinated. It’s the best way to protect your family.
I know there are people who say, ‘The flu vaccine caused my Aunt Melba to get the flu once.’ Or, ‘The flu is nothing more than a money-maker for big pharma.’ All I can say is wrong on all accounts. The flu vaccine does not cause anyone to get the flu because the vaccine only contains a dead virus. Dead. Not alive. Dead.
It’s especially important for anyone who is able to get the vaccine to do so in order to protect those who cannot. It’s called herd immunity. Basically, if 9 out of 10 people get vaccinated, that 10th person is less likely to get sick because the 9 people who are vaccinated are keeping the virus at bay.
I talked with Dr. Amy Middleman with the OU Health Sciences Center. She encourages everyone to get vaccinated.
I could refer you to the CDC for all of the information and stats on the flu you can handle, but there’s another site you should check out. Voices For Vaccines is by parents, for parents. It’s straight talk to help parents get a better understanding of vaccines. You can read stories from parents about why they changed their minds about vaccines.