The Importance of Vaccinating Children

Service: Topics: Organization:
MemorialCare Medical Group
Featured speaker:

Emily Edwards, MD, MPH

Specialties:
  • Pediatrics

"In my practice, I partner with both the parents and the children to promote a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle. This includes emphasis on development, education, nutrition, exercise and illness prevention. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than making a positive difference in the health and life of a child."

Dr. Edwards is excited to be practicing in Orange County. "Though I have had the opportunity to live in different countries, I grew up in Huntington Beach, and wanted to be near my family and the beautiful beaches I love." Her outside interests include Scuba diving, traveling, jogging with the baby stroller at the beach, and most of all spending time with her husband and new daughter.

Podcast Summary

Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and whooping cough.

Other diseases, such as polio and smallpox, have been eliminated in the United States due to effective vaccines. It is now rare for children in the United States to experience the devastating and often deadly effects of these illnesses that were once common. Infant deaths due to vaccine preventable childhood diseases have nearly disappeared.

Recently, parents have been reluctant to vaccinate their children, are there diseases that are "coming back" due to this trend?

Pediatrician Dr. Emily Edwards, MD, MPH explains the importance and benefits of vaccinations for children.