I try not to get worked up by editorials and responses, but as a pediatrician I am continually frustrated by the banter and information regarding vaccination. In interest of full disclosure, Dr. Carol Rossetti should have noted in her response to Danielle’s vaccine article that her degree is that of a doctor of naturopathy and parent/grandparent. Danielle Wilson is a mother and humor columnist. This shapes their view of this subject and the way they address it.
Rigorous studies show that vaccines are safe and effective. I defend that and recommend them, and I wish that all my patients took my advice. They can be expensive, but they are NOT a big money maker for most offices. In fact, our under/uninsured and Medicaid patient population receive $8 vaccines with no administration charges (the same as at the health department.)
Therefore, I take exception to the inference that physicians have a financial reason to vaccinate children with what Carol Rossetti, D.N. (not M.D.) implies are “toxins” in her response. Ugh. In fact, she may have a financial horse in the race by bringing people to complementary and alternative medical treatments – notice she solicited business by adding her e-mail. It is capitalism, after all.
Also, in regards to bullying… Families make decisions, right or wrong, for themselves. No one is getting bullied by an editorial, for goodness sake! But, if you think Danielle is bullying people by trying to get them to vaccinate, you must also consider the same from Carol in regards to not vaccinating. (Especially in light of her MULTIPLE anti-vaccine articles in the Current.)
The schools do make provisions for children who cannot vaccinate due to allergy, medical exemption, or TRUE religious objection, but not just because someone doesn’t want to. If we did not do this, many children per year could and would die from vaccine preventable illness.
Hope you all don’t think I am being too much of a bully!
Scott Boschee, M.D.