Last updated on: 8/21/2014 | Author:

Jan N. Widerman, DO Biography

Osteopathic Pediatrician
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"

“First, parents need to know that vaccines save lives…

When my patients question the necessity of vaccination, I remind them that it is because of vaccines that we are on the verge of eliminating diseases like polio from the world… Without vaccines, potentially deadly diseases and illnesses such as hepatitis, diphtheria, and tetanus could spread to large portions of the population and become serious threats to public health.

Children and infants are exposed to hundreds of antigens every day…Thus, an immunization with a typical exposure of only three antigens causes no significant stress at all to the immune system.

Vaccines help to protect not only the child being vaccinated, but also the child who is not vaccinated… If the vast majority of children are vaccinated, then it will be much more difficult for a disease to spread.”

“Should Your Child Be Vaccinated?,” (accessed Aug. 12, 2014)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Osteopathic pediatrician (Philadelphia, PA), June 1981-present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Pediatric Clinical Education Program, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • America Osteopathic Association (AOA) board certified physician
  • Fellow, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (FACOP)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP)
  • Resident, Wilmington Medical Center (DE)
  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1977
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