The issue of vaccinating babies is a bit of a hot button topic, with most people valuing and adhering to the recommended schedule of vaccines, but others expressing concern about the number, frequency, and safety of these routine shots. All of these parents come to the topic wanting the best for their children and wanting to do everything they can to protect them and keep them healthy. If you decide against vaccines or to a limited number of them, it's important to consider how not vaccinating kids can affect them later in life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) "strongly endorses universal immunization" and for good reason. "Vaccination against an array of infectious agents, such as polio, small pox, measles, haemophilus influenza b, among others, have been some of the greatest advances of modern medicine," Dr. Carlos Salama, an infectious disease specialist who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York tells Romper. "These vaccines have saved millions of lives all over the world. Although there are side effects associated with vaccinations, in general, these are vastly outweighed by their benefits of preventing disease and saving lives. Scientific evidence is firmly on the side of vaccinating children against preventable disease such as measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and many other diseases."
The medical community feels strongly you should not only vaccinate your children, but do it in concert with the AAP recommended vaccination schedule. Of course, parents have the right to decide which path to pursue, and for some, it's a difficult decision to make. In case you're still trying to figure it out, or on the fence, here are some things to keep in mind.