To Vaccinate or Not To Vaccinate? That is the question. The question we get asked frequently.
We can't tell you whether or not to vaccinate your child. Despite being health care practitioners, we are first and foremost mothers. Just like you we have to make this important decision for our own children. We have felt the confusion you may feel. We understand the anxiety that goes along with making the decisions about vaccines. We don't take this issue lightly.
What we can tell you is that we believe the most important thing to do when considering whether to vaccinate or not is to Make an Informed Vaccine Decision. Often, as moms, we receive only one-side of important issues like this one – the side that has the most money behind it usually. It is our responsibility as parents to look at both sides of the vaccination issue. It's not always a one-size-fits-all solution. Maybe after educating yourself you will decide some vaccines are worth any risk that may be associated with them, while other vaccines clearly are not. The important thing is to make an educated choice.
What is most at stake is our freedom to make conscientious choices regarding our own child's health.
Some of the resources that have been helpful for us on our vaccine decision journey include:
National Vaccine Information Center
We have A LOT of decisions as parents to make on behalf of our children. We wish we could answer "Yes, absolutely!" or "No Way!" when you ask, "Should I vaccinate my child?". We understand many parents want a definitive answer from a medical practitioner they can trust. What we can offer you are these resources for you to make your informed vaccine decision. Watch the movie The Greater Good to hear a rational scientific discussion from leading experts. This documentary weaves together the stories of three families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination. Hear the vaccine debate reframed beyond fear, hype and politics.
Make an Informed Vaccine Decision by Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH with Neil Z. Miller