Bonnie Maldonado, MD chats with Chana Davis, PhD about the risks and benefits of vaccines.
Maldonado is chief of paediatric infectious diseases at Stanford University, where she is a professor of both pediatrics and health research. She speaks to the dramatic effect that vaccines have had on childhood mortality, to the dangers of dismissing the disease we now rarely see, and to the safety hurdles that vaccines must jump through in order to be approved.
Maldonado's message is clear: vaccines save lives, and their safety risks are minuscule compared to their benefits. Indeed, she challenges the notion that vaccines must have perfect efficacy in order to be valuable. Prevention is always the best medicine.
Drs Maldonado and Davis discuss the critical importance of using rigorous, science-based resources to guide the choices we make for ourselves and our children, and why the anti-vax movement continues to thrive despite its lack of scientific support.
Dr. Bonnie Maldonado trained in paediatric infectious disease at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins and in epidemiology at the US Centers for Disease Control. In addition to her infectious disease work, she serves as the Stanford School of Medicine’s Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Diversity.
-----Websites metioned in this episode:https://www.aap.org/ - American Academy of Pediatrics; HealthyChildren.org/ - for Parents, by American Academy of Pediatricshttps://www.cdc.gov/ - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)
For more information about Dr. Maldonado: https://profiles.stanford.edu/yvonne-maldonado
Get Real Health dives into health headlines, fads, and fears, so that you can make smart, healthy choices. Dr. Chana Davis (PhD, Stanford genetics) interviews leading medical research experts who share practical advice and speak candidly about what science has taught us - and what we don't yet understand.
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