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Dr. Saad Saad Warns About Missing Childhood Immunizations

One of the hot button topics involving kids are the necessity of vaccinations, and in a recent article, pediatric doctor, Dr. Saad Saad tells parents, if they don’t vaccinate it could be life threatening.


According to the World Health Organization, worldwide, nearly 20 million children’s miss childhood immunizations, which can lead to disabilities and unnecessary deaths. Dr. Saad Saad warns that immunizations protect your household as well as family, friends and peers that congregate in your network. So, you’re not only protecting yourself but everyone around you.


Since vaccines were invented, there has been fear about the possible side effects. A fear that was exacerbated 15 years ago with a study published – and now retired – in a renowned scientific journal. The Lancet linked autism with the triple vaccine (measles, rubella and mumps). Although both the research and its author were discredited by the scientific community, the legacy lives on and many parents refuse childhood immunizations.


Vaccinations Are A Social Responsibility


A big criticism of the personal, or family, decision not to vaccinate is the impact it has on society says Dr. Saad Saad. A few years, a major measles outbreak occured because people were not vaccinated.


For many of the patients, the story began as a 2015 holiday trip to one of the amusement parks in Disneyland, California. More than 90 children were infected with one of the most contagious diseases: measles. And 25 percent of those patients had to be hospitalized. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported 96 cases in eight states, and additional infections in Mexico due to the Disneyland outbreak. In 82 percent of the cases, people were not vaccinated. The age of those affected varied between seven months and 70 years. Learn more:


Physicians explain, when everyone is vaccinated, it is very difficult for the virus to enter, and if it does enter the system, the vaccine will offer protection from extreme circumstances. For those who are not vaccinated, the virus is very contagious, and a single contact can infect them very quickly.


There were very few measles cases in the US, up until 2015, but the number of infections have doubled since. Research shows that Infants and young children have been the most affected, and the majority of cases were among those who were not vaccinated. Still, because of high vaccination rates measles cases have remained rare among Americans.


Getting vaccinated at recommended ages protects children at the earliest possible age, and it could be a harbinger of the return of other diseases says Dr. Saad Saad. This makes it crucial for parents to follow through with childhood vaccinations.


Specializing in pediatric care and pediatric surgeries, Dr. Saad Saad is known for completing complex surgical procedures. He’s had the privilege of serving the Saudi Royal family, and the now-retired surgeon also served as Surgeon-in-Chief at the K Hovnanian Children Hospital in New Jersey. He received his M.D. degree from Cairo University and interned in England.