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Protecting Your Baby with Vaccines

Many parents worry about the possible side effects of vaccinating their babies.  Stories abound on the Internet regarding possible side effects and complications.  Parents grapple with questions such as, “Does my baby need all those vaccines,” or “Should I split them up so they aren’t given all at once?”  These are important and sometimes confusing decisions. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), urges parents, schools and communities to commit to protecting our nation's infants, children, adolescents and adults with the most effective tool we have – vaccination.  Vaccines are one of the most important ways parents can protect their children from very real diseases that exist in our world.   A recent measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in California, and has grown to more than 50 confirmed cases in multiple states, is a stark reminder of the dangers of delaying or omitting vaccinations. 

Nurses Who Vaccinate founder and Good Samaritan pediatric nurse Melody Butler, RN, is a major advocate of vaccination. She educates parents of her patients and seeks to ensure that each patient is up-to-date. She does even more to promote immunization and counter immunization myths outside the hospital. Nurses Who Vaccinate, founded in 2011, provides nurses, health care professionals and vaccine advocates with current information on immunizations, current recommendations and the benefits of immunizing.

Immunizations protect your baby from 14 serious childhood diseases that can cause illness, disability and even death.  The AAP urges parents to have their children immunized against measles, as well as other infectious diseases according to the recommended schedule.  For an easy to read vaccine schedule from birth to 6 years old go to http://www.healthychildren.org/Documents/tips-tools/Immunization%20Schedules/IZSchedule_Childhood.pdf

Being a parent is an enormous responsibility.  Make the best decisions for the health and safety of your child.  If you have concerns or questions about whether to vaccinate your baby, talk to your pediatrician.  For additional information on vaccine safety, go tohttp://www2.aap.org/immunization/families/safety.html