Catering to Both My Scientific- and Fear-based Beliefs

Let me start by saying this: The purpose of this website is to be a place of support for moms, a place where various ways of doing things are discussed, so moms can both broaden their perspectives and share "this is what worked for me and my family" so that it might help others. To vaccinate or not to vaccinate has become a very sensitive and political issue. This post isn't meant to incite a ideological war or to be a criticism of those who choose to do things differently than me. This post is to explain why and how I chose to vaccinate my child, in case you, the reader, are struggling with this decision and want to know why one might choose to vaccinate their children. I am a public health person. I think vaccines are vital to the health of a communityas well as to the individuals who receive them.