Why Childhood Vaccinations Should Not Be a Choice

The Baby is about to have her first MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) vaccination. The Toddler had hers a little over a year ago. The Baby's upcoming vaccination has prompted me to explain to the anti-vaccination movement why they make me so angry, and why I do not believe participation in childhood immunisation programmes should be the parents' choice....more

Why I Vaccinate My Children

My youngest, Baby Y, had his four-month well-baby checkup today. He weighed in at a healthy 18 pounds even and was a robust 26.75 inches long. At four months, he is rivaling his three brothers for size and chunkiness. Four months also meant a second round of vaccinations for my little one. He needed rotavirus, which is administered orally, as well as shots for hepatitis B, Hib, pneumococcal, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and polio. (Some were combined, so it was three shots total.) He didn't even react when the first shot was given and cried briefly after the third. He slept for a few hours and is now playing happily, like nothing happened. ...more
Huge problem in CA now with some daycare centers running at 35% unvaccinated. I don't think the ...more

Mommy, Do I Have to Get a Shot?

 After listening to my 5 year old cough, off and on, for 8 days and then running a low temperature (99-100 degrees) fever for 3 days, I called our pediatrician.  As we pulled into the parking lot at the pediatrician's office Saturday morning, my daughter asks form the back seat, "Mommy, do I have to get a shot?"  I reassured her that no she would not get a shot at this visit, but next week for her 5 year check-up would be a different answer.  At this visit, the typical exam was done and she was diagnosed with atypical pneumonia treatable with antibiotics.  The next visit she would be finishing her immunizations/vacccinations, getting ready for Kindergarten in the fall, so shots are in her near future....more