Why Should I Vaccinate My Child? ABC News Chief Health/Medical Editor Dr. Richard Bessner sought to answer that very question and better define the phenomenon of “vaccine hesitancy” during a TweetChat on #vaccinehestitancy hosted yesterday afternoon (April 15, 2014).
Numerous concerned parents, healthcare professionals, and immunization organizations used this chat to share information and resources about children’s health and about the importance of vaccination, per the CDC’s immunization schedule. Indeed, every parent feels a duty to research his or her child’s health, but it is crucial to do so using quality sources with research based in fact. Some of those reputable resources that were shared during the chat include:
- The CDC’s list of reasons to vaccinate your baby
- Immunization Action Coalition’s Vaccination Information for Infants and Children
- Immunization Action Coalition’s Vaccination Information for Preteens
- The American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Resources
Any parent wants to do everything possible to make sure his or her children stay as healthy as possible. For that reason, most parents choose immunization, as nothing has been scientifically proven to protect babies better from 14 serious childhood diseases. However, even with the mountain of evidence in support of vaccination, some parents still hesitate when it is time to vaccinate a child, be it due to concerns over preservatives, other components of vaccines, or worries about giving a child too many shots in one medical visit.
If you are a parent hesitating over vaccination, know the facts. Begin with the resources above and make an informed decision. After you do, we hope you will come to the same conclusion the CDC noted during the chat, “Delaying or skipping vaccines can leave a child vulnerable to disease that could have been prevented.”