Expert Insights and Commentary


Not Every Parent of an Autistic Child Believes Vaccines Are To Blame

By Christine Vara Not having an autistic child myself, I admit that I have no idea of the never ending challenges that parents with autistic children face on a day...


A Shot in the Arm from Dr. Ari Brown

By Christine Vara Once again, Dr. Ari Brown helps clarify important information to protect us all from pertussis (also known as whooping cough).  Her recent post on WebMD provide a...


BeWell Explains Simple Steps to Protect Against Whooping Cough

By Christine Vara Despite the fact that vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated polio in the US and significantly reduced the number of deaths from diseases like measles, people are...


Are doctors being asked to practice substandard care?

By Christine Vara I’m a parent, not a doctor.  But often times I’ve wished I had gone to medical school.  Maybe then I could diagnose my children’s ailments without...


A Summer Thought and Why I'm Thankful

By Mary Beth Petraco During this time of summer vacations and large family gatherings, I’m often prompted to reflect on my mother’s life and how it was changed forever...


Real Guys Immunize – A Father’s Day Tribute.

Real Guys Immunize Youtube Real Guys Immunize By Christine Vara So often media messages regarding children’s health are directed towards women – or more appropriately “moms”.  In emphasizing the...


Protecting Infants Through the Concept of “Cocooning”

By Christine Vara Cocooning: A transitive verb meaning to protect somebody from unpleasantness or danger. And who wouldn’t want to protect infants from danger?  The question is what do...


Doctors Can Make the Difference.

By Christine Vara My last post left me a bit disillusioned.  Do we really need to exploit the tragic stories of families who have lost their children to vaccine...


Is Fear the Only Motivating Factor?

By Christine Vara Yesterday, I read an LA Times article, written by Pamela Nguyen, a resident physician in pediatrics at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital.  Sadly, the article confirmed what...


Parents Encouraged to Talk with Pediatricians Regarding Vaccines

By Alanna Levine, MD, FAAP (Pediatrician and Spokesperson for the Protect Tomorrow campaign) I see many children and parents each week in my pediatric practice. Just as I talk to...