February 27, 2016

Deborah Gilboa, MD Feedback from TappMD Expert
Deborah Gilboa, MD
Vaccines save lives.
Save. Lives. Even for folks who think that doctors are getting money from big pharma to promote these things (this is just not true) and think that pharmacy companies make money on vaccines (it's their big profit loser actually), and believe that doctors and researchers and pharmacists really don't care about harming children... do they really think we'd intentionally hurt our own kids too?! My kids are vaccinated as soon as possible with every vaccine that is possible. Because I don't want my kids to die.

I know. Some mom coming out in favor of vaccines shouldn’t be breaking news. There’s nothing edgy about siding with most parents, nearly all the world’s governments and the vast majority of medical researchers and practitioners. But more of us need to do it.

When I see debates about vaccines online — and as someone who writes about parenting culture I see a lot — I used to pat myself on the back for not getting mixed up in the fray. I mean, what’s it to me what other people do with their kids? I’m secure in my own choices. Besides, even if I wanted to change the minds of anti-vaccine advocates, how could I?

I have two reasons for rethinking my silence: Jack and Clio. I came to know both children through their mothers’ blogs and have been following along with their diagnosis and treatment for leukemia. Their illnesses prevent them from receiving live vaccines such as the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) shot. Some kids get diagnosed before they have a chance to receive all of their vaccines, but even kids who were vaccinated…

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Deborah Gilboa, MD

Doctor G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) of AskDoctorG.com empowers parents to raise respectful, responsible and resilient kids. Around the country and around the world, she works with parents to increase their knowledge and to use the parenting instincts they already have. Doctor G focuses on practical tools and teaching skills, not just dishing out advice.