Dr. Paul Offit’s Vaccine

January 19, 2009

Paul Offit, author of Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases (HarperCollins, 2007) has been interested in medicine as far back as when he was five years old. He was sent to the polio ward in his local hospital to recover from a surgery to correct his clubfoot. It was here that Dr. Offit came to be inspired to be a renown vaccine expert.

Eventually, Dr. Paul Offit would develop the rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus is a highly contagious infection that nearly every child has experienced by the age of five. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and eventually lead to dehydration. It is certainly not pleasant.

The vaccine that Dr. Paul Offit offers protection from the virus, and is becoming available in developing countries.