For the record, I am not against vaccines in the slightest. Even though I don't get a flu shot, I fully recognize the benefits of vaccines. To not do so would make me a privileged moron.
However, the "nuances" in the movement around vaccines get lost in the mainstream coverage. In fact, they are completely left out or ignored in most of the articles I've read covering the "anti-vax" movement. "Anti-Vax" has unfortunately become a throw-away-line that has reduced a much larger and nuanced movement with much broader concerns than "MMR causes autism" and more folks than "Crazy moms selling essential oils." The movement includes intelligent people and professionals with legitimate concerns and questions. Some of the left-out nuances include questions around current vaccine schedules.Some parents and doctors want to space out vaccines or skip certain vaccines, for example the HPV vaccine. Other parents and doctors are requesting more safety studies on adjuvants and cell lines used in current vaccines. And many folks are concerned about how much power we should give the government when it comes to mandating vaccines, especially when our government has an intimate relationship with drug companies and more vaccines are in the pipeline. Where is the line between prevention for the greater good and government overreach? How valuable is maintain personal choice when it comes to medical decisions?
In this episode, I'm thrilled to chat with board-certified pediatrician Dr. Brian Thornburg about vaccines, the nuances within the vaccine movement and his approach to patients and families. He even discusses his approach to vaccinating his own 8 kids. Dr. Thornburg is founder of Thornburg Pediatrics in Naples, Florida and describes his practice as an "old fashioned approach to modern medicine."