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Should Your Kids Be Vaccinated?

Summary: August is National Immunization Month; the goal being to increase awareness as to the benefits of vaccines.
Air Date: 8/15/14
Duration: 10
Host: Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Al Sacchetti, MD
Al Sacchetti is the Chief of Emergency Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, NJ, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

He is a full time practicing emergency physician as well as a researcher and educator and has authored over 100 journal publications, text book chapters and monographs.
    Should Your Kids Be Vaccinated?
    Vaccines are designed to biologically prepare and improve your immune system against certain disease(s). Vaccines usually contain a little bit of an agent that resembles a more serious disease-causing bacteria or virus.

    Even with the known medical risks of choosing not to vaccinate, you may still decide it's not the best route for yourself or your children. However, a new report from the Academy of Pediatrics says vaccines have low risk of serious side effects.

    This doesn't mean the vaccines won't cause a little discomfort to your child; but scientists and doctors believe the short-term tenderness of the vaccine injection site outweighs the risk of your child developing a very serious, life-threatening disease.

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics report, there are over 14 serious diseases your child can encounter before turning the age of two.

    What are some other benefits of getting your child vaccinated?

    Chief of Emergency Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Dr. Al Sacchetti, discusses vaccines, the recent study that suggests vaccines are safe and why you should consider getting both you and your child vaccinated.