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Offit on Vaccines

  • Paul A. Offit, MDPaul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center and Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Paul Offit is the co-inventor of the RotaTeq® vaccine, but he receives no financial remuneration for sales of the vaccine from either the manufacturer or his employing institution
  • If Children Got the HPV4 Vaccine Series, Should They Get HPV9?   Dr Paul Offit explains why those who have completed the HPV4 series should also receive HPV9.
  • The HPV Vaccine and Autoimmunity: Reviewing the Research Paul Offit reviews the evidence to respond to reader concerns about autoimmune conditions and the HPV vaccine.
  • The Rise and Fall of FluMist--Can This Spray Vaccine Be Redeemed?   Paul Offit explains why ACIP withdrew its recommendation to use FluMist preferentially to immunize children against influenza.
  • Should We Bring Back the Whole-Cell Pertussis Vaccine?   Priming with whole-cell and then finishing with acellular pertussis vaccine would better protect children from pertussis, says Paul Offit.
  • Should You Still Administer the HPV-4 Vaccine?   Dr Paul Offit provides advice on using up existing stock of HPV-4 vaccine now that a 'better' HPV-9 vaccine is available.
  • A Child's Right to Be Vaccinated   So far, three states define vaccination as a 14th Amendment right of equal protection under the law. Children have a right to be protected from vaccine-preventable disease, despite what their parents believe.