Dr. Saad Saad’s medical career spans more than 40 years. He specializes in the field of pediatric surgery and has had the privilege of being the pediatric surgeon for the children of the Royal Family in Saudi. With such an extensive background in pediatrics, Dr. Saad is often asked for advice on different issues that children and their parents face today. He recently spoke about the rising controversy over the need for vaccinations in children. He stands with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the belief that vaccinations help protect the health and well-being of today’s children as well as tomorrow’s future generations.
Although the issue of whether a child should be vaccinated could be deterred for several years, once a parent chooses to enroll their child in school it is a requirement. The most common vaccinations given during childhood are for measles, mumps, rubella, whopping cough and chicken pox. As research in medicine has advanced it has also allowed for the creation of vaccines against hepatitis, influenza and meningitis. Dr. Saad Saad firmly believes these immunizations play a big role in preventing the spread of disease.
In an ongoing effort to encourage parents to have their children immunized, Dr. Saad Saad provides information to dispel the confusion that often surrounds the use of vaccines. He is quick to point out the effectiveness vaccines played in getting rid of smallpox within the United States. Mumps and polio are now close to being eradicated as well. These diseases often left debilitating effects on the people they attacked and in some cases they even led to death.
Dr Saad Saad not only provides parents with examples of how vaccines have benefited people living in the United States today, he also shares information about how vaccines work. The vaccinations children receive are weakened forms of the disease itself. By injecting this weakened version into their system, children’s bodies are able to produce the antigens needed to fight off the illness. These antibodies stay in the body for almost a person’s entire life so in the event they happen to become exposed to the disease again, their bodies can fight it off.
Although the fact that vaccinations given in childhood can lead to healthier living for an entire population should be enough of a reason to obtain them, Dr. Saad Saad does provide additional reasons why these immunizations could be beneficial. The cost to have a vaccination is extremely low when compared to the cost of caring for a child sickened with a potentially life threatening disease. Since rubella in pregnant women has been shown to cause birth defects, vaccines against this disease help protect any future children a girl might have when she reaches adulthood.