Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Benefits of vaccines are a matter of fact

spc vital signs polio vaccines c_00002715.jpg

Story highlights

  • Dr. Sanjay Gupta notes that vaccines have prevented 6 million deaths every year worldwide
  • "The benefit of vaccines is not a matter of opinion," he writes. "It is a matter of fact"

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. The views expressed are his own.

A version of this essay originally published in 2015.

(CNN)I have started, scratched out and even abandoned the writing of this essay. I couldn't do it. It wasn't there. Didn't feel it.

Something kept nagging at me, and it took some time to finally figure out what it was.
    It's the idea that this article would be labeled "opinion" or "editorial" in the first place.
    Sure, there are some topics that seem to lend themselves appropriately to opinion pages. Vaccines, however, which have prevented 6 million deaths every year worldwide and have fundamentally changed modern medicine, should not be on that list.
    The benefit of vaccines is not a matter of opinion. It is a matter of fact.