Dr. Saad Saad is a respected retired pediatric surgeon, having had a 40-year-career performing complex pediatric surgeries on patients. He served as Surgeon-in-Chief as well as the Co-Medical Director at the K Hovnanian Children Hospital in New Jersey at the Hackensack Meridian Health Care System. In addition, he served as the pediatric surgeon for the Saudi Royal family back in the 1980s, and holds the patent for two of his medical inventions – the suction endoscope and the newly designed catheter.
Dr. Saad Saad recently shared his opinions about the topic of vaccination, touching on a few aspects of the subject where he thinks people are misinformed. Dr. Saad supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Schedule, and encourages parents to get their kids vaccinated. He bases his advice on the scientific evidence about vaccination, and also he respects the position of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He recognizes that there is confusion surrounding vaccines, and aims to clear up the misunderstanding. When talking about the power of the vaccine and its development, he provides historical insight, focusing on the smallpox vaccine – which is the first vaccine ever developed. Smallpox was a deadly illness which ended up killing many people until the late 19th century when the vaccine was developed. By the 1980s, the disease has been eradicated worldwide, and is the only disease to be destroyed completely. Dr. Saad notes that vaccines are preventing the spread of dangerous and contagious disease, such as mumps, measles, polio, chicken pox, HPV, diphtheria, and whooping cough.
When talking about his stance on vaccines, Dr. Saad Saad also outlined the mechanism of immunity, noting that when children get vaccinated, the body builds up defenses in order to fight specific germs. The body needs to get exposed to a specific germ in order to build up the immune system. The first time that it gets exposed to the germ, the body produces antibodies designed to fight it. Building a natural immunity to a specific germ takes time, which exposes the body to the risk of getting sick again, but due to the fact that the antibodies stay in the body, they will then attack the germ next time, which prevents people from getting sick.
Dr. Saad Saad also acknowledge that there are many myths about vaccines, and shared the facts published by the organization entitled American Academy of Family Physicians in order to reassure the parents that the vaccines will not harm their children and that vaccines are safe: Vaccines do not cause autism, they can be handled by the immune system of the infant, they do not contain toxins which will harm the child, and are not causing the disease that they are meant to prevent.