Expert Insights and Commentary


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...


PBS Frontline's "The Vaccine War" is worth watching

By Alison Singer President, Autism Science Foundation I highly recommend PBS’s “The Vaccine War” which first aired on April 27 on PBS, and which will be replayed several times this week...


Cancer Prevention as a Benefit of Hepatitis B Vaccine

By Dr. Ari Brown, Practicing Pediatrician and Author of Baby411, Toddler411 and the soon to be release Expecting 411 My brother passed away recently. He was only 57 years...