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Sound Advice on Vaccines

Immunizations play a vital role in the health of the nation's children. To answer parents' questions about their children's vaccines, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers, advocates and other parents.



Protecting Your Family Against Whooping Cough

Sara Long, MD, FAAP

(Recorded July 2010)

Dr. Long is chief of infectious diseases at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. She is also an associate editor of the Red Book of the American Academy of Pediatrics.



Why Vaccines are Important for Children

Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers

(Recorded June 2009)

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and Mrs Betty Bumpers, wife of former US Senator Dale Bumpers, launched “Every Child By Two” in 1991. They first met and worked together while their husbands were governors of Georgia and Arkansas. Mrs Carter and Mrs Bumpers each play an active role in the activities of ECBT promoting the importance of timely immunizations.



Science and the Media: A Journalist Ponders Public Perception vs Scientific Evidence

Arthur Allen

(Recorded May 2009)

Arthur Allen is a freelance writer and journalist based in Washington, DC. He is the author of the book Vaccine: The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver.



A Preventable Death: A Mother's Tragic Story with Meningitis

Frankie Milley

(Recorded May 2009)

Frankie Milley is the mother of an only child, Ryan Milley, who died from a vaccine-preventable form of meningitis when he was a teenager. Frankie Milley is the founder and executive national director of a non profit organization called Meningitis Angels. The organization educates on meningitis, vaccine preventable diseases and the vaccines to prevent them while offering support to those affected by them.

Why Vaccines are not the Cause of Autism

Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP

(Recorded May 2009)

Dr. Karp is a pediatrician and child development specialist. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Karp is the author of the books and DVDs "The Happiest Baby on the Block," and "The Happiest Toddler on the Block."


Dispelling Common Vaccine Myths

Ari Brown, MD, FAAP


(Recorded April 2009)

Dr. Brown is a pediatrician in Austin, Texas, the author of “Baby 411” and “Toddler 411,” and a spokesperson for the AAP.



(Recorded March 2011)


Vaccine Ingredients and How They Work

Paul Offit, MD, FAAP

(Recorded April 2009)

Dr. Offit is a pediatrician, chief of infectious diseases and the director of the vaccine education center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a co-inventor of a vaccine for rotavirus. His most recent book is “Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine and the Search for a Cure.” Dr. Offit also serves on the board of the Autism Science Foundation.



Vaccinating Your Baby: A Message

Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet, an actress and a mother, is a spokesperson for the “Vaccinate Your Baby” campaign by the advocacy organization Every Child By Two.

Vaccinate Your Baby (Exit Site)



Be Confident in Vaccines -  Including the Flu Shot

Amy Pisani

(Recorded April 2009)

Amy Pisani is the executive director of Every Child By Two, an advocacy group dedicated to ensure the immunization of all of America's children by the age of two.



A Father Learns About Autism After His Son is Diagnosed

Ken Reibel

(Recorded April 2009)

Ken Reibel is the father of a son who has autism spectrum disorder, and the creator of the blog Autism News Beat.



Answers to Questions About Chicken Pox, HPV, and MMR Vaccines and Herd Immunity

Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP

(Recorded April 2009)

Dr. Palfrey is the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is the author of five books and more than 100 articles on child health.



The adolescent vaccines: HPV, meningitis, Tdap, and flu

Michael Brady


(Recorded February 2011)

Dr. Michael Brady is chair of the Committee of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, and physician-in-chief and a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.


(Recorded March 2011)

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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