It is not unusual for pediatricians to receive late night phone calls from parents who are worried about their children’s symptoms says Dr. Saad Saad, a renowned pediatric surgeon.
According to Dr. Saad parents are increasingly getting concerned about vaccinations. Lately, there have been ongoing serious conversations in regards to the administration of vaccines among children. There are several myths surrounding vaccination and parents are beginning to get confused on whether or not to allow still their kids get vaccinated.
Dr. Saad Saad being a parent as well as a pediatrician understands to well parents concern about their children’s health as well as the sensitive vaccination question. Dr. Saad Saad as an avid supporter of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Immunization Schedule as well as a health professional is encouraging parents to allow their children to get vaccinated.
Vaccination is essential as it helps protect children from infectious diseases such as measles, Hib meningitis, rotavirus, and whooping cough among others. Children who are not vaccinated are more prone to acquiring these diseases some of which are highly infectious and life-threatening.
Dr. Saad as has decades of experience as a pediatric surgeon and bases his advice on scientific evidence that advocates for childhood vaccinations. It is also the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics including the American Academy of Family Physicians that children should get vaccinated. According to these professional organizations, there is no other tested and proved way of preventing infectious disease other than through vaccination. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
However, they are those that are misleading the public that there is an alternative to immunization. There is no alternative to vaccination. Those that think there is an alternative are at risk of acquiring contagious diseases. Children and older adults are the most vulnerable group and require immunization.
There is much confusion concerning vaccines Dr. Saad acknowledges. They say history is the best teacher and according to history vaccines have truly helped eradicate diseases. The first vaccine to be developed was the smallpox vaccine that was developed in the 19th century.
Smallpox was a deadly disease that claimed the lives of millions of people. The development of the vaccine helped to eradicate the disease worldwide completely. Today there is no more smallpox vaccine as the disease is no more. Smallpox is the first and only disease to be eliminated by a vaccine. Other dangerous contagious illnesses that are near eradication include mumps and polio.
Vaccines according to Dr. Saad Saad are developed from the diseases itself. A weaker form of the disease is first injected into one’s body that reacts by producing antibodies that fight the disease.
As a result, a person develops immunity and can no longer acquire the infection. Dr. Saad says vaccines are not required for every disease but only for conditions that have adverse effects to an individual such as polio that may result in disability.