Focus on Allergy

Physicians at Odds With an Alternative Vaccine Schedule

April 7, 200915 min
Host: Jennifer Shu, MD
Guest: Paul Offit, MD
Most parents support the immunization of their kids according to the recommended vaccine schedule. But increasing numbers are choosing to forgo this routine entirely or follow an alternative vaccine schedule. How are these vaccine practices impacting the health of our young patients and more broadly, the health of the general public? Host Dr. Jennifer Shu examines the key questions surrounding the alternative vaccine schedules and how to guide young patients and their families through this process, with Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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