The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the assistance of the Department of Health and Human Services, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics released an informational brochure to assist doctors with coming to a mutual understanding with parents about vaccine safety.
Due to the growing popularity of the anti-vaccination movement, more Americans are questioning the importance and safety of vaccines. A GALLUP survey found a 10 percent decrease in the number of Americans who view vaccines as extremely important in 2015 compared to 2001.
In stressing the importance of childhood vaccines, the CDC is asking doctors to carve out the time to thoroughly address parents concerns about vaccine injuries, even if it means scheduling an additional office visit just answer immunization questions.
The health of a child is a parent’s number one concern. Nothing is more important than taking time to assess parents’ need for information as well as the role they play in making decisions regarding their child’s health. Doctors need to take listen to and understand parents’ fears about vaccine injuries and take the time to answer any questions.
It is important to acknowledge and be honest about vaccine injury risks but stress that the importance of the vaccine outweighs the potential risks. The measles vaccine saves more than one million lives each year, according to the World Health Organization. The disease claims more than 140,000 lives annually.
The Anapol Schwartz vaccine injury lawyers urge all parents to discuss vaccine injury concerns with doctor and develop a full understanding about vaccine benefits versus risks to make the best possible decision regarding their child’s health.
David Carney joined Philadelphia, PA firm, Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. in September 2010. He focuses his practice in medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, dram shop, vaccine injury compensation, mass torts, class actions, asbestos and mesothelioma and other personal injury matters.