Doctors Dissever on Vaccine Strategy

A sizeable group of doctors beckoned pediatricians to advance vaccines to dear family members of babies who are far too young to get shots for themselves. The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocated the strategy known as ‘cocooning’, meant to prevent diseases from reaching the infants. Meanwhile, expressing concern over the fat price of this strategy Dr. Danuta Skowronski of British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver declared this program as inefficient. Dr. Danuta said, “The criteria for this to be successful are almost impossible. We’re not saying that babies are not important -of course they are but we have to be wise about how we use our finite resources.”

Whether the pediatricians should start giving parents shots is not clearly advocated by the new American Academy of Pediatrics’ report on cocooning. However, Dr. Herschel R. Lessin who worked on the AAP’s report maintained that the chief focus is on the flu shots and the TDaP vaccine and if these can be given in airports and pharmacies then why not by a licensed doctor. Till the time the babies are not vaccinated they remain protected through the antibodies they receive from their mothers in the womb or through breast milk. However this becomes possible only if the mother is vaccinated and since most of them are not, therefore to protect infants, cocooning is justified.
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Considering immunization as the greatest thing in the history of mankind, Lessin remarked, “The goal here is to get everyone immunized”. In contrast to the vitality and the need for cocooning, there is not enough evidence on how effective it actually is. As estimated from the previous researches, parents could be blamed around 35 percent of the time for passing whooping cough in infants and as such, between 10,000 and 20,000 people would need to be vaccinated in order to stave off one baby from being hospitalized.

Called as a “success story” by the U.S CDC, a campaign was launched in 2008 to vaccinate the new mothers before they left the hospital by Texas Children’s Hospital’s Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research in Houston.  Dr. C. Mary Healy who helped in launching the campaign claimed that since her campaign is aided from foundation grants and donated vaccines therefore money is not an issue with her program. Rather it is the limited ‘access’ which causes the major problem.

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