Getting your kids vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do for their health. Immunization gives your babies a way to defend against 14 serious and life-threatening illnesses. As a new parent, you should become informed, and can start by asking your child's pediatrician "What vaccines do babies need to get?" This will help you better understand how getting these shots can protect your children now and in the future.
If you have been on the fence about vaccinating because you have heard about the risks of autism, don't be. CNN reported that the 1998 study by Andrew Wakefield which initiated this fear among parents was discredited and deemed an "elaborate fraud" according to investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ . Several other follow up studies have also shown no link between autism and vaccines.
Some parents take for granted that their children will be safe against preventable diseases because they rarely, if ever, hear about outbreaks these days. However, if a large portion of the population begins refusing vaccines for unwarranted reasons, the United States is at risk of large outbreaks once again. Vaccinations are so essential to the eradication of preventable diseases in this country that several states have already banned personal belief vaccine exemptions for children entering public school according to The Hill.