Pediatrician Dr. David Berger's Letter to Colleagues on Vaccination Safety Concerns
Posted Jun 16 2009 12:00am
By Dr. David Berger
Although some of you know me already, I wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I am a solo practitioner in Tampa. I finished my residency at USF-Tampa General Hospital in 1997, was in private practice in South Florida until 2005, and went out on my own in 2005 when I moved back to Tampa. I have an integrative pediatric practice, providing primary care for many families with progressive and holistic lifestyles. I also provide biomedical therapies for children with hyperinflammatory and metabolic conditions, including Autism and ADHD.
Last fall, I was asked to give a presentation to Governor Crist’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders on the biological plausibility of a relationship between vaccines and Autism. If anyone is interested in seeing the presentation, it can be viewed (HERE). Many of the concerns I raised surround the interactions between vaccines and the immune system.
This spring I was introduced to AAP Past President Louis Cooper by a mutual acquaintance who was having a conversation about which children may be potentially high risk for an adverse event following vaccination. Based on my review of the literature, I expressed that I felt that a significant family history of auto-immune or hyper-inflammatory disease makes a child potentially high risk. When conditions like asthma, allergies, eczema, thyroid disease, rheumatologic disease, colitis, and diabetes are taken under consideration, this is not a small number of children.