A new survey shows more pediatricians are experiencing vaccination refusal among patients, and while the reasons are evolving, they still often result from misinformation. An increasing proportion of doctors are kicking these families out of their practices if they can’t change minds and behavior, but is that ethical? Whose rights are paramount—the unvaccinated child or the rest of the practice?
Synopsis: Young adolescents often are allowed to take over the counter drugs on their own, but many OTC medicines, especially acetaminophen, can be dangerous. Experts discuss how to educate tweens on taking OTC drugs safely.
Host: Nancy Benson. Guests: Dr. Tanya Altman, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA and spokesperson, American Academy of Pediatrics; Dr. Janet Engle, Executive Associate Dean, Professor and head of Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy; Sharon Mielke, mother of victim of OTC drug death.
Synopsis: Human papilloma viruses are responsible for many cancers, especially cervical cancer and throat cancer. Vaccines exist for the major HPV’s that cause these cancers, yet relatively few eligible youths have gotten them. Experts discuss the toll of HPV and the reasons so many people avoid both vaccination and Pap tests that can detect cervical cancer early.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Rodney Willoughby, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin and member, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. Dr. Susan Vadaparampil, Senior Member, Division of Population Sciences, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL. Dr. Leah Smith, postdoctoral fellow, Queen’s University. Dr. Linda Levesque, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Queen’s University