Vaccines - Yes, We're Going There!
In an upcoming episode of the podcast we will be discussing vaccines. This is a HUGE topic and it is something many people are very passionate about. I am one of those people.
As a physician who has seen some of the horrible consequences of not vaccinating firsthand, I am passionately in favor of protecting our kids, protecting our vulnerable, and protecting our elderly.
Recently the WHO (World Health Organization) came out with their top 10 threats to global health in 2019. This is a list of severe issues throughout the world that the World Health Organization is going to start focusing on to improve health. On this list are things like HIV, dengue, Ebola, and joining these diseases is the issue of vaccine hesitancy.
There are lots of reasons why someone would be hesitant to vaccinate and I’m not going to be able to address them all here. The New York Times recently published an opinion piece on this very topic. It’s a nice and quick read and is very well written and worth a closer look if you have the time.
When the podcast is released in the future, I ask that you give it a listen. We don’t have all the answers, and for those of you have been listening already, you know we aren’t the smartest people in the world. However, we are passionate about this topic, we are trained professionals, and we have spent lots of time researching and studying these vaccines and the diseases which they prevent.
Our goal is not necessarily to convince everyone to vaccinate (although I would love it if that was the result) but we really want to stimulate some educated conversation on the topic. And if we can’t do that, at least let us try and entertain you.
-Ben Ihms, DO