Life-saving Vaccines have Changed the World: Guest Post by Baby Comes Home Author Dr. Paul Roumeliotis

We read and reviewed Dr. Paul Roumeliotis' book, Baby Comes Home, several months ago and highly recommended it as a reference guide for families. Today, we have the pleasure of hosting a guest post from Dr. Roumeliotis as he discusses the impact of life saving vaccines on our world. If you missed Baby Comes Home, I am including a little information about the book--and I have a Rafflecopter giveaway for a print copy of the book at the end of the post!

We were not compensated for this post. We did receive a complimentary copy of Baby Comes Home for use in our original review. This post is part of an iRead Book Tour. All opinions are our own.

Quick Summary of Baby Comes Home by Dr. Paul Roumeliotis. Unlike most baby care books, expert pediatrician and health communicator DR. PAUL Roumeliotis takes a unique approach by emphasizing what scientific advances have confirmed—that what happens early on in life affects one's overall health decades down the road.

Baby Comes Home communicates the latest science that explains how positive or negative early childhood experiences can have lifelong consequences. The book begins by describing the vital changes that occur in a baby's brain during the first 18 months. It then explores the new "Science of TLC", that shows how tender, loving, and caring relationships with babies help to positively shape their brains. The book then presents important practical information on safety in the home and outdoors, baby routines/patterns, immunizations, injury prevention, nutrition, and more. To complete this useful guide, DR.PAUL also reviews common baby care issues and concerns as well as illnesses and conditions commonly seen during the first few years of life. 

Whether you're a parent, grandparent, daycare teacher or child caregiver, this book is an excellent reference resource for your baby's current and future health, wellness and prosperity.

Guest Post from Dr. Paul Roumeliotis

Life-saving vaccines have changed the world
By Dr.Paul Roumeliotis MD CM, MPH, FRCP( c )

In the face of what seems to be an increasing resistance to vaccines, I present the following making the case of vaccinations:
Every year, in developing countries, more than 6 million children under five years of age die. What is even more shocking is that most of the deaths are due to problems that we, in North America, take for granted we won’t have. For example, children die of malnutrition and dehydration from diarrhea because they do not have adequate food supply or clean drinking water. Pneumonia, measles and malaria are also among the top 10 killers. The common theme across these conditions is that they are preventable. Agencies like the United Nations and World Health Organization are constantly struggling to provide the basics, including access to clean water, adequate nutritious food supply, vaccination and anti-malaria nets and medications. Such interventions would literally save millions of lives. Unfortunately, in many countries, these attempts are hampered by local political, civil and even military unrest. 

Vaccines are one of the most significant advances in modern-day medicine. Even in developed countries, when for one reason or another, vaccines are not given for a specific disease, that infection rate rises. In Russia, during the 1980s, after the Iron Curtain collapse, political and economic unrest led to a shortage of the diphtheria vaccine. As a result, diphtheria cases began to appear. As soon as the vaccination supply was re-established, diphtheria cases were once again fully prevented. Sadly, as a pediatrician in the mid 1980s, I treated children with very severe and, at times, deadly cases of meningitis due to Hemophilus influenzae B bacteria. Fortunately, in the mid 1980s, a vaccine for this disease was released that has literally wiped out this  previously common cause of serious infections in children.

 I hope these reflections can help you better understand and appreciate vaccines and their importance. Yes, there may be some rare side-effects, and we constantly strive to improve vaccines to make them as safe and effective as possible. However, if you or anyone you know thinks of vaccines in a negative way, just think of the millions of children that die annually because they are not vaccinated. 

Unvaccinated children are not only at risk for contracting infections that we can otherwise prevent, but they also pose a threat the community. Unvaccinated people can spread infections to young babies who have not yet been fully vaccinated and to individuals with weak immune systems. So there are also potential community-wide consequences of not vaccinating children. The more people vaccinated, the more a community is protected from dangerous infections. This is referred to herd immunity. After consideration of the above, I hope that the terms “vaccine-preventable disease,” immunization and vaccination ring a positive tone.

DR.PAUL Roumeliotis MD CM, MPH, FRCP(C )

Learn More about Baby Comes Home and Dr. Paul

To hear Dr. Paul talk about his new book on CTV News,

CBC Interview:


“Dr. Paul, an expert in pediatrics, has written a groundbreaking book about the importance of childhood/infant health in preventing illness and ensuring wellness later on in life. An accessible and valuable resource for doctors, psychiatrists, paramedics and parents around the world, this book should be used by organizations to further global initiatives relating to pediatric health on the international stage, the main specialized bodies of the United Nations, UNICEF and WHO in particular. If you are one of the believers of my own quote on this very subject: “A sound mind can only be found in a sound body,” then I strongly recommend that you carefully read and digest this innovative book by Dr.Paul accordingly.”
-His Excellency, Ambassador Doctor Waheed Waheedullah, United Nations Chief Trouble Shooter, Mother Theresa Peace Prize Winner

“Baby Comes Home” highlights how important the first few months of a baby’s life are. From delving into the science of the developing brain to exploring the daily routines of infant care, Dr. Paul has written an informative and engaging book about ways to invest in your baby’s current and lifelong health and wellness. I wish Dr. Paul’s book had been around when my five kids were growing up! He has anticipated the questions parents have and gives answers in a clear no nonsense way. He even makes the science understandable. This will be a well-thumbed book by all new parents and frequent late night reading!”
-Dr. Jean Clinton, MD, FRCP(C), Infant and Child Psychiatrist & Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry
and Behavioural Neuroscience, McMaster University

“This is a most important book for parents and those interested in the health of children. Dr. Paul is uniquely qualified to be its author. For over 30 years he has not only studied the science of children's health, and has written hundreds of articles but he has provided care of 1000s of children. His conversation with parents has given him a unique perspective on how many of the health issues that have to be dealt with,  can be prevented or uniquely approached. Use this book  as a resource,  use it as a textbook or use this book to help parents provide the kind day to day care they deserve.”
-Dr. Michael A.  LeNoir, MD, F.A.A.A.A.I, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco(UCSF)Past President ,National Medical Association‎ and Past President, National Association of Physician Broadcasters

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Author's Biography

DR. PAUL Roumeliotis is an expert on early child health and wellness and a health communications pioneer. His educational content has reached millions of people online and he is regularly featured on TV and radio. He is an adjunct professor of pediatrics and former director of Multi-Format Health Communications for the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. DR.PAUL also holds a Masters of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he is an Associate faculty member.

A health communications pioneer and pediatrician, DR.PAUL Roumeliotis believes that the future of healthcare is in communicating health information in a variety of media formats, thereby making It available to the largest audience possible. It was this vision that inspired him to become a writer/publisher/producer of multi-format health and wellness resources, including becoming the world’s first online pediatrician with a website that has been visited by millions since its launch in 1995.

Beginning as a professional drummer and record producer, DR. PAUL’s journey to his present vision actually preceded his medical career. In 1991, he merged his medical expertise and technical talents into the DR. PAUL Child Health and Wellness Information Project, reflecting his commitment to create practical and trustworthy health information resources in all formats. He has created and produced well over 300 productions (more than 1 million of his videos, cassettes, and DVDs have been distributed across North America).

DR.PAUL has been able to effectively merge his skills in producing information with accuracy, credibility, confidence, and comfort as a common theme. The potential social impact is enormous, as the need for accurate and empathetic health content is huge.

Connect with Dr. Paul:  Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook

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