According to the
American Academy of Pediatric
s, there are 12 listed vaccines that children need:
In the first 6 years of life, according to the AAP’s schedule, a child should receive a minimum of 33 vaccines (including the yearly influenza vaccine.) If a child is considered “at risk” such as traveling out of the country or has certain symptoms, it is recommended that a child receives an additional booster (or more.)
The incidence of diseases such as Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Diphtheria are virtually none. These diseases devastated people in the past and it’s wonderful that people no longer have to live in fear of contracting one of these illnesses and suffering the potentially deadly consequences, especially when a child is involved. I would be absolutely devastated if one of my boys were to become incredibly ill and permanently disabled as a result of contracting one of these.
Reasons to Vaccinate
Reasons to Not Vaccinate
The Vaccination Debate: Why or Why Not to Vaccinate
Barham-Floreani, J., (2005). Well Adjusted Babies. Vitality Productions Pty Limited: Melbourne, Australia.
Romm, A.J., (2001). Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parents Guide. Healing Arts Press: Rochester, VT.