Vaccination—Continued from page 11 “That’s the difference between us,” In the end, I sent them home with
she informed me. “I only have to literature to read and websites to
sleeves right then and there but care about my kids. You have to check out. We prioritized which
they didn’t. I then explained the care about everyone’s kids.” vaccines the children would receive
concept of herd immunity whereby and made a plan for a catch-up
unvaccinated children are afforded And that’s it in a nutshell. I do have schedule they could live with. I
some measure of protection if a to care about everyone’s kids. But continue to forward them e-mails
certain percentage of children in community vaccination programs I get from the Centers for Disease
their community is vaccinated. count on all of us to care about Control about outbreaks of dis-
everyone’s kids. I believe parents eases, the vaccines for which they
“If everyone felt like you do, we’d have civic responsibilities when it are less inclined to accept.
lose that,” I pointed out. comes to vaccinations. In addition
On Grey’s Anatomy the other night
to the kids with immune deficien-
“We don’t want a free ride,” they Meredith and Christine were duk-
cies, even a certain percentage of
insisted, though they were bank- ing it out over how to treat a serial
vaccinated children will not mount
ing on this very concept to protect killer who needed an operation.
an appropriate response and will
their kids. I explained that even Bet there’s no practice guideline
remain vulnerable despite their
seemingly innocuous diseases like for that.
pediatrician’s and parents’ best
chicken pox can be devastating, efforts. These children are put at Carolyn Roy-Bornstein is a board-
even fatal, for children with leu- risk by other parents’ refusal to certified pediatrician in private
kemia or HIV/AIDS. The mother vaccinate. practice in Haverhill, MA.
seemed to digest this.
Vitamin D Supplements to Reduce Chances of Developing
By Christos Zipitis, MD
Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), sive breakdown of fat and protein, ence things over the longer term,
otherwise known as juvenile diabe- thus leading to weight loss and aci- over a period of generations. The
tes, is a chronic condition that af- dosis. These combined affects can quick, recent increase in diagnosis
fects three children in every 1,000 lead to death and the well-known of new cases, especially among the
in their first 20 years of life. The side effects of the condition such as very young, would suggest that ge-
condition is said to be getting more earlier cardiovascular, kidney, eye netics are unlikely to be responsible
frequent throughout the world. and neurological problems. for the change. Some clues about
possible factors come from study-
The effects of T1DM are second- T1D