Should You Vaccinate Your Baby?
Vaccines have caused a lot of controversy in recent years, often confusing—and scaring—parents about their pros and cons. Should you vaccinate your child and protect her from diseases, or are the shots themselves harmful?
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“Since there are currently 12 vaccines that are part of the routine childhood immunization schedule, parents have 12 separate decisions to make. If you thought you were going to have to make only one decision and I’ve just made your life a dozen times more complicated, I apologize. But when you have finished reading this book, you will have more answers than questions, and enough answers to make an educated decision for your child.”
His vaccine lean: Dr. Sears believes the decision as to whether or not to vaccinate is the question of the decade for today’s parents. In his book, he gives parents the chance to consider whether to give each vaccine on an individual basis, instead of insisting on an all-or-nothing approach.
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“Immunization is one of the most successful forms of preventative medicine and has helped to eradicate many formerly lethal diseases throughout the world. However, its continued success depends on strict maintenance of an immunization program in the community, and it is the responsibility of all parents to ensure that their children are fully protected.”
Her vaccine lean: Stick to the vaccination schedule, Dr. Stoppard says. And don’t forget to consider additional necessary vaccinations should you be
traveling abroad with your baby, you jet-setter you.
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“A story on the positive effects of immunization cannot compete with one on the extremely rare instances of serious complications associated with them. So it is likely that today’s parents have heard more about the risks of immunization than the benefits. And, yet, as your pediatrician has doubtless told you, for more infants those benefits continue to far outweigh the risks.”
Her vaccine lean: Murkoff works to dispel several vaccine myths—such as the belief that you don’t need to immunize your child since everyone else is vaccinating theirs, a bet she doesn’t endorse taking—in support of vaccination.
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“I am not suggesting that we return to the days without vaccines. But we must seriously address what appears to be an obvious link between the epidemic of developmental delays, autoimmune diseases, and the increasing number of mandatory vaccines. Every parent should know … the positive and negative consequences of refusing that their children be vaccinated, and be made aware of how they go about getting exemptions.”
Her vaccine lean: While Dr. Cave certainly doesn’t rely on scare tactics, her discussion is sure to leave you more cautious about the vaccine scene, spending 315 pages on each vaccine’s possible advantages and dangers.
“Choosing NOT to vaccinate your child is choosing to put your child AND your community’s children at risk. This is a public health issue, not just a personal one. As a parent, you want to make the right choices for your child to protect them. We want you to ask questions. We want you to be informed. And we want you to get your child vaccinated. YOUR decision impacts OUR children.”
Their vaccine lean: The authors flat-out insist parents immunize their children. After 26 pages of discussion about the V-word, you may feel like a bad parent—citizen, even—if you skip childhood vaccinations.
“I recommend that you hold the baby close for the injection and be ready to comfort her afterward—either by rocking, dancing around the room, or giving her something soothing to suck. Reactions from shots are always frightening.”
His vaccine lean: There is no question that Dr. Brazelton recommends vaccinations in his popular parenting tome, which is divided up by age and reminds parents to keep their child on a strict immunization schedule.
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“[There] is an overwhelming amount of literature from many reputable medical organizations that indicate that childhood vaccinations are not associated with autism, and most experts urge parents not to forgo vaccines in trying to protect their kids. All this said, definitely consult your doctor about the risks and benefits of vaccinations so you can them make an informed choice for your child.”
Her vaccine lean: Even vaccines aren’t immune from controversy, Buckingham says. After sharing that she chose to vaccinate her child (and urges other parents to, as well), she (like Dr. Brazelton) offers ways to soothe Baby during the shot process—including making an exception to the rules and rewarding kids with a treat for needle bravery.
They may not be much fun for Baby, but for many parents and doctors vaccines are an essential part of keeping their little one healthy. If you are considering immunizations for your baby, find out exactly when your child should get them, as well as what eview gallery
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