Offit on Vaccines

 
 
  • A New Vaccine to Protect Against Shingles   Paul A. Offit, MD, describes new research on a vaccine for shingles that could be a great step forward.
  • The Measles Tipping Point   Paul Offit, MD, argues that protecting children against measles is the same as protecting them against harm or death by requiring that they ride in a car safety seat.
  • HPV9 Vaccine: Enhanced Cancer Protection, Guidance for Use   Dr Paul Offit offers an overview of the recent approval of a new HPV9 vaccine, responds to some of the questions clinicians may have, and describes some research in progress.
  • The Hygiene Hypothesis -- Unrelated to Vaccination   Paul Offit, MD, says, 'It just doesn't make sense' that vaccination might affect allergies, and this new study bears that out.
  • Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine: Who Should Get It?   Paul A. Offit, MD, gives his expert opinion on the new serogroup B meningococcal vaccine and who might benefit most.
  • HPV Vaccine: It's About Cancer Prevention -- Not Sex   Teen immunizations and cancer prevention -- Paul Offit, MD, offers advice to clinicians on how to improve the woeful HPV vaccination rates in adolescents.
  • Measles Outbreaks in the US: Why Now?   We live in a 'global sea of measles,' says Paul A. Offit, MD. The increase in outbreaks relates to overseas travel and the unvaccinated.
  • What Is the Invisible Threat?   Paul A. Offit, MD, talks about a new film, Invisible Threat, for all who want to understand more about vaccines, why people are fearful, and the need for science to prevail.
  • HPV Vaccine, Katie, Cancer Prevention: Missing the Science Paul Offit on the sad irony of Katie Couric, a celebrity advocate for cancer prevention, missing the opportunity to scientifically discuss the most powerful cancer prevention vaccine available today.
  • Hospital Says No More Dietary Supplements in Formulary   Paul A. Offit, MD, describes the reasoning behind a new policy on dietary supplements at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Multiple Vaccines Safe, Not Linked to Autism   Although we don't know the cause or causes of autism, we do know that vaccines are not to blame. See our expert's commentary on the latest study from CDC.
  • Pertactin and Vaccines: Important or Not?   What is the take-home lesson for clinicians on the issue of pertactin and vaccines? Paul A. Offit, MD, offers his perspective.
  • Vaccine Schedules Are Safe (Pass It On)   Reassure your vaccine-hesitant patients that not only are vaccines individually safe, they are collectively safe as well.
  • Thimerosal in Vaccines: What Are the Facts? Paul A. Offit, MD, offers the bottom line on thimerosal and vaccines. Let's not make the same mistake we made in the past, causing great harm to the developing world.
  • Dismal Rates of HPV Vaccination in Boys   How many teen boys have been immunized against HPV? Paul A. Offit, MD, says we 'need to get on the ball' in the United States. We have a long way to go.
  • 'Vaccine Exemptions'? Call Them What They Really Are   Paul A. Offit, MD, describes a recently published study on parents who opt for 'alternative immunization schedules.' When we talk about 'exemptions,' are we using the right term?
  • What the US Needs Now: Pertussis Boosters   To protect young infants who can't be vaccinated, adults need to get pertussis boosters -- now!
  • Which Complementary and Alternative Therapies Merit Study?   Paul A. Offit, MD, believes that NCCAM should reconsider funding studies of therapies that "border on mysticism" and focus on research based on sound biologic principles.
  • Fire Patients Who Won't Vaccinate?   Paul A. Offit, MD, offers a clinical perspective on the issue of "firing" patients/families who refuse to vaccinate or want to modify the schedule.
  • HPV Vaccine and Sexual Activity: Any Relationship?   Paul A. Offit, MD, discusses new research on the safety and side effects of the HPV vaccine.