10/17/2010 12:59 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Vaccine Safety: Why Parents Are Concerned

A new study from CS Mott Children's Hospital finds that 89 percent of parents think vaccine safety is the most important topic in medical research today. That makes sense, since the American pediatric vaccine schedule now includes 48 vaccinations before the age of six. Parents are facing vaccination choice issues at every pediatric visit.

Dr. Paul Offit, MD, whose RotaTeq vaccine is manufactured by Merck, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), have failed to convince the public that vaccines are fully safe and should be taken without question despite their full court press. You can check out Dr. Offit's presentation to the AAP on how and why to combat informed parental choice How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens America's Children for yourself.

I imagine that many (perhaps a majority) of Huffington Post readers are pro-choice and respect a woman's right to choose. Should a woman lose the right to make appropriate, safe medical choices in conjunction with her pediatrician for her child once she becomes a mother? If you are pro-life, does a mother's right to protect her child end when the baby is born?

Beating parents over the head with the "disease is only a plane ride away" has failed.

Clobbering parents with the concept of "herd immunity" rings hollow when your baby calf is the one who falls.

Bludgeoning parents of autistic children has failed to connect with parents in its utter transparency to protect corporate and governmental interests.

The vaccine safety community doesn't have big gun PR firms to coax the media into doing our bidding. There's no government support via PBS programs like New Sid the Science Kid Flu Vaccination Special Episode Now Available for Free Download on, enticing kids to get vaccines as if you're selling breakfast cereal.

How does Dr. Offit claim the "anti-vaccine movement" has a Svengali-like power over the media when the head of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stated during the H1N1 vaccine campaign last spring in Reader's Digest "We have reached out to media outlets to try to get them to not give the views of these people equal weight in their reporting to what science has shown and continues to show about the safety of vaccines."

We have no glossy published books sent free to pediatricians to make sure they preach their talking points in lockstep. (Sure wish they'd get a copy of this book.)

Read the full article about the study in the University of Michigan Health System HERE .