Dr. Cindy and I have specialized in children and families since we started our clinic years ago, and from working with families, there are several key questions they always have. One of the biggest questions that is a very personal, very important decision that each family eventually asks us about is if we recommend vaccinating their kids or not. And frankly, we can’t tell any parent what would be right for their child, that’s why they are the parent. But we have incredible resources to allow them to research on their own and become more educated to be able to make a more rational, educated decision and not one based on fear or confusion.
“Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective”is the #1 book that we recommend on the subject of vaccinations. Neil Z Miller is an investigative journalist and has done an immense amount of research into the topic of routine vaccinations for children and in this very short book, he outlines the vaccines recommended to children and compares the symptoms, incidence (likelihood of contracting illness vs injury), and reactions between the vaccines and the actual disease. Very helpful charts outline history of some of the vaccines to show when the vaccines were produced and where that fell in the erradication of particular diseases like polio or if it really didn’t.
The mantra as a parent you will hear repeatedly about vaccinations from the medical community, health officials, and school administration is “The benefits outweigh the risk!”. Well, maybe and maybe not….you need to read to see if you agree with that for your own family. Because even if the risk was only 1 in 1 billion (which it’s not…it’s much less) that your child will have a harmful reaction, that doesn’t seem like much until your child is the 1.
Do yourself a favor and read this book. It will give you a lot to think about and many different references to other resources on vaccines.