#43 – Are Vaccines Safe? ** September 24, 2014 @ 7pm EST
Guest // Barbara Loe Fisher ** Host // Larry Palevsky, MD
Vaccination. It’s one of the most challenging subjects that parents encounter. Doctors vaccinate pregnant women and babies receive 33 doses of 14 vaccines by 15 months of age, starting on the day of birth.
More parents are saying “no, thanks.” This is described as an educated, upper middle class phenomenon but the truth is that vaccine ambivalence cuts a wide swath. In addition to philosophical and religious objections, people are seriously concerned about the new childhood normal of sick, fat, and at risk kids.
When parents try to talk about vaccine safety, they are quickly shot down (pun intended). In the media and in our neighborhood, risks are downplayed, parental fears are sidestepped, and name calling ensues. Parasite. Freeloader. Typhoid Mary. Non-vaccinating parents are told “the book is closed” (on the autism-vaccine link) and they are accused of medical neglect and spreading disease.
These assertions are repeated by industry spokespeople and public health cops, but they are not supported by the evidence base. Mainstream media parrot the party line and fail to acknowledge serious, legitimate concerns. Parents want the straight story from true experts. Board-certified pediatrician, Larry Palevsky, interviews the nation’s leading vaccine safety advocate, Barbara Loe Fisher, and asks the burning questions:
- Are vaccines safe and effective?
- Can vaccines cause autism and chronic illness?
- Are all pediatricians required to vaccinate?
- What can parents do if they suspect a vaccine injury?
- How do parents opt out of vaccines?
- What does the close public-private partnership in vaccine promotion and development mean for vaccine safety?
- If vaccines are safe, why does government compensate individuals for harm and death caused by vaccines?
- Why are more parents questioning authority?
- What are good sources of information?
- Can you explain the meaning of the recent CDC whistleblower statement?
Whether you’re a parent or contemplating vaccines for yourself, doing your own research starts with an open mind. Listen in.
Barbara Loe Fisher is president of the National Vaccine Information Center, a non-profit charity she co-founded with parents of DPT vaccine injured children in 1982. Co-author of the seminal 1985 book, DPT: A Shot in the Dark, she has led a three-decade public information campaign to secure informed consent protections in U.S. vaccine policies and laws.
Lawrence B. Palevsky, MD is a board certified pediatrician who utilizes a holistic approach in his work with children and families. He graduated from NYU School of Medicine, completed his pediatric residency at Mt. Sinai, and fellowship training at Bellevue Hospital. Larry runs his own holistic pediatric practice in Northport, NY and Manhattan. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is the former President of the American Holistic Medical Association.