Friday Mar 08, 2024

Measles Madness--A Discussion with Dr. JB Cantey

Episode 24: Measles Madness – A Discussion with Dr. JB Cantey

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JB Cantey, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Cantey’s bio



This episode of Pediatrics Now with host Holly Wayment brings on renowned neonatologist and infectious disease expert, Dr. J.B. Cantey. The focus of this gripping discussion is the recent measles outbreak in 15 U.S. states, with specific attention on Florida. The conversation illuminates the dire outcomes resulting from insufficient vaccination rates across multiple communities. Dr. Cantey provides expert insights into the highly contagious nature of the measles virus. He warns about the grave implications of low vaccination rates and emphasizes the immediate need for increased education on the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.


In an effort to arm all listening pediatricians tackling anti-vaccination, Dr. Cantey offers practical advice whilst highlighting the essential role vaccines play in child health and what to say to patients. He outlines the importance of calm, consistent, and positive communication while providing fact-based, impartial information about the advantages and secure safety records of vaccines.

Further expanding the conversation, Dr. Cantey and Wayment discuss the long-term benefits of vaccines, including the prevention of both liver and cervical cancers. The episode concludes with an impassioned plea to all pediatric practitioners to champion the crucial importance of vaccinations in ensuring a healthier future for children globally.


Culled from a deep-dive discussion with Dr. J.B. Cantey from the University of Texas Health Science Center, this informative podcast episode offers profound insights into the world of vaccinations. It covers everything from the journey of vaccine trials to the threats posed by declining MMR vaccination rates. The show also highlights the urgent need for post-market surveillance for maintaining vaccine safety, coupled with the responsibility of pediatricians in identifying measles cases amid decreasing vaccination rates. The gravity of measles implications and its rapid contagion are also examined.


With Florida being described as the 'tipping point,' this podcast is a wake-up call about the very real threat of measles becoming endemic, potentially negating decades of diligent public health efforts. The episode sends a resounding message- unless vaccination rates improve, measles could be everywhere. This episode is an indispensable listen for pediatricians and health-conscious listeners.  Dr. Cantey and Wayment also discuss protection for you, your clinic, and your patients.



JB Cantey, MD has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.


The Pediatric Grand Rounds Planning Committee (Deepak Kamat, MD, PhD, Steven Seidner, MD, Daniel Ranch, MD and Elizabeth Hanson, MD) has no financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 


The UT Health Science Center San Antonio and Deepak Kamat, MD course director and content reviewer for the activity, have reviewed all financial disclosure information for all speakers, facilitators, and planning committee members; and determined and resolved all conflicts of interests.



The UT Health Science Center San Antonio is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The UT Health Science Center San Antonio designates this live activity up to a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (0.50)
Non-Physician Participation Credit (0.50)



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