We were offered four shots and oh-how-I-wished that I had my copy of "The Vaccine Book" with me. We decided to go with two of the four - and my husband held down her little arms while I waited in the corner to come to her rescue. It always breaks my heart to hear her agonizing cries and to see that look of terror in her eyes. But I am well aware that sometimes a little pain in the short run can prevent much larger pain in the long run. So we vaccinate.
I can't say that I have the issue all figured out. In fact, I feel uncertain about the vaccine debate and Dr. Bob Sears' new book is the one resource that I've found that actually makes sense. It's not pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine. It just spells out the facts and lets parents make informed decisions.
If you haven't bought it yet, I highly recommend that you do (you can buy it on Amazon for $11.19)...or add it to your Christmas wish list. If you have a pregnant friend or sister or co-worker, this would be a great gift idea because this isn't really the kind of book to just check out at the library or browse through at the bookstore. It's a manual that they're likely to refer to again and again in the coming years.
After you read the book (or even before), come back here to submit any questions that you have about vaccines. Dr. Bob Sears will be doing a biweekly (every two weeks) column right here on Metropolitan Mama where he answers your questions. All you have to do is send your vaccine question to me at [email protected] with "Ask Dr. Sears" in the subject line.