The Doctor Is In: Answering Your Vaccine Questions

By | September 7, 2019

Dr. Adams: Hello, America! As the nation’s doctor, I hear from folks
every day with health questions. In this video, I’m going to tackle some top
questions about vaccines. I’m Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and the
doctor is in.>>Hey Kate, how’s the pregnancy going?>>It’s going really well; I’m so excited about
having a baby girl.>>Aww.>>But I’ve gotta ask you a question: I just
recently had a doctor’s appointment and my doctor recommended that I get vaccinated at
my next appointment. Why do you think they suggested that?>>You know, sometimes moms can get sick while
they’re pregnant and vaccines can protect you from getting sick or from getting as sick. And, just as importantly, some of your immunity then gets passed along to your baby and can protect her, in the critical
first few months after she’s born.>>But do you think it’s safe though for my
baby?>>Absolutely. We’ve been studying vaccines for decades and
I can say with confidence that they’re a safe and effective way to protect your little girl.>>That makes me feel better and I’m going
to get vaccinated at my next appointment Thank you.>>Hey Jomana, how’s it going?>>I need another cup of coffee, this little
one kept me up all night and she’s due for her vaccines at her two month appointment,
and I am concerned.>>You know, I’ve been there, and it can be
extremely stressful. But it’s important that we get our children
vaccinated so we can protect them against diseases like measles.>>Even if she’s getting so many vaccines and
she’s so little?>>That is a great question and one I get very
often. It’s important that folks realize that vaccines have been studied carefully over many decades, and has been proven to be safe. And additionally, even if they get several
vaccines in a day, it’s still only a small percentage of the germs that they are exposed
to throughout the day.>>I had no idea. That puts my mind at ease; thank you.>>Hey Kelly, I heard you just had a new grand-child!>>Yessir, I did. Number six arrived twelve days ago.>>Wow, congratulations.>>Thank you.>>You know, when my wife was pregnant, we
asked all of our family and friends to make sure they were vaccinated against whooping
cough before they came to visit the little ones.>>You know I think I remember having that
as a kid, so I should be okay, right?>>Well actually, thousands of people still
get whooping cough every year. And we recommend that adults get a booster
every ten years; that booster is also called the TDAP vaccine.>>TDAP. What’s that?>>Tetanus, Diphtheria And Pertussis. It’s extremely important that adults who are
around little ones are vaccinated, because up to one-half of infants who get whooping
cough wind up in the hospital. So I recommend you talk to your doctor. They’ll have a copy of your vaccination record
and let you know if you need a booster shot.>>Thank you for the info; sounds like the
wife and I are gonna give the doctor a call in the morning. You know, I love talking with folks about
health. If you have more questions about vaccines,
I encourage you to find out more at Thanks for watching and see you next time. V-O: Produced by the U.S. Department of Health
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