Here’s a confession: I did not want to vaccinate my son, but I did anyway. As soon as I learned I was pregnant, I made a grand announcement that no child of mine would be injected with disease. My decision was so firm, that I would not even listen to reasons why you should vaccinate your kids. But after my first meeting with the woman who would become our pediatrician, I started to slightly open myself up to entertaining the idea of vaccines. See, the biggest flaw in my grandstanding was that I had no reasons — I had not done research or interviews or any type of due diligence on the subject. My entire decision was based on fear.
At the time I was pregnant, the media was sizzling hot with the controversy over side-effects from vaccinations and I was plagued with fear that my child would suffer if I had him immunized. When I explained this to the pediatrician, she help to calm my fear my creating an individualized schedule for my son’s vaccines. Working together, we came up with a plan that made me feel more than comfortable. Some we skipped; others we waited on until well after the recommended age. Overall, it helped me to understand that I could take things slow and still protect my child from some illnesses.
When it comes to the decision about vaccines, the struggle is real. If you’re not sure which route is the right one for you, make sure to consider both sides of the argument. To help you get started, here are seven reasons you should vaccinate your child.