Who can you trust in the vaccine debate?

Politicians and celebrities vs. facts in the vaccine debate

vaccine trustVaccines are in the news again.

It’s not new, this “news.” It’s actually the same story – hashed and rehashed, depending on which celebrity or politician or spokesperson is given the megaphone.

Who is in the news talking about vaccines may change from day to day, but one thing has not.

Scientists have well-documented proof that vaccines save lives.

The current vaccine schedule has been extensively studied and shown to be safe and effective.

My colleagues and I respect and appreciate that as a parent it is instinctive to want to thoroughly understand your child’s health care. When you have questions about your child’s health care we strongly encourage you to talk to your child’s primary care provider.

  • Your child’s primary care provider is up to date on the most current peer-reviewed research about vaccines, their side effects, efficacy and safety.
  • Only your child’s primary care provider is familiar with your child’s individual health history.
  • Your child’s primary care provider can explain the recommended vaccine schedule, including why we recommend the vaccines be administered on schedule.
  • Your child’s primary care provider can provide you with resources and references to further answer your questions that are not affiliated with commercial entities, candidates and political groups.

Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

Whether you’re concerned about autism, vaccine side effects, ingredients or alternative schedules – you can ask your physician and expect evidence-based responses without judgment or agenda.

Even the most well-intentioned celebrities, athletes and political candidates are not qualified to guide your healthcare decisions.

Take the next step:

kelly orringer mdKelly Orringer, MD, received her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Harvard College and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency and general pediatric fellowship training at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include breastfeeding, obesity and sports injuries. In her spare time, she enjoys, running, reading, and spending time with her husband, two children, and three dogs. Dr. Orringer sees patients at the Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults.

best children's hospitalUniversity of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.