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Hooray for this Tulsa Doc

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.

Today he posted this on his Facebook page, Avalon Park Pediatrics:

The hash tag ‪#‎byebyefelecia‬ was confusing to me. So I searched vaccines and Felecia. 

YOU SEE WHY I AM DOING THIS!

-Yes I am screaming

Crazies like Felecia. They make reasonable people doubt. I see it everyday. I did not know who she was but a lot of you did. 

“Are you sure it is ok.” “Can we split up the shots.” Is it ok because my baby has a sniffle.” “Is that too many at once.” 

Every single day. 

I encourage you all to post on FB every time your child gets their vaccines. Boring. Yep. But important. 

The majority has to be vocal. Not just the minority. 

Turn the tide. 

‪#‎vaccinatedbyraley‬

That’s downright amazing. Good for him!

Let’s get behind this, no matter who your doctor is, post when you get your child vaccinated. Like Dr. Raley says, “Turn the tide“.

HPV Vaccine- Safe, effective, does NOT increase Sexual Activity

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.

How Vaccines Work- A Comically Funny Explanation

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.

Ebola…How to write about it and not scare the pants off everyone

I’ve been trying to think of the best way to address this Ebola scare. I’m far from a doctor or Ebola expert and I don’t want to add to the tidal wave of misinformation that’s sweeping across the internet. So I thought the best way is to let the professionals handle it and I turned to two blogs that are my go-to resources for medical information.

In this article at NeuroLogica Blog , Dr. Steven Novella takes a look at past Ebola epidemics and some of the reasons why they were able to spread so quickly. He then compares that to the U.S. and explains why he thinks we don’t have anything to worry about. It’s a very calm read that doesn’t stir emotions or get folks riled up. So, basically, completely opposite of just about everything else written about Ebola.

Next up is Dr. David Gorski and this article at Science-Based Medicine. He looks at some of the irrational conspiracy theories floating around and explains why they’re all a bunch of bunk.

It’s hard to stay on an even keel when such an unusual medical problem arises but these are good starting points when taking a reasonable look at what’s happening across the country.