To Immunize or Not to Immunize?
In less than 2 weeks, I'm due to have my first baby. If anyone had asked my husband or me a year ago how to prepare for the big arrival, we would've said you buy a crib and maybe paint a room. Now, I'm amazed I made it through nearly 30 years without knowing about all the politics involved in baby care. BPA-free versus traditional bottles, co-sleeping controversies, breastfeeding versus bottle feeding. The list goes on and on.
Last night's "Baby Talk" class took an interesting turn when the topic of vaccinations came up. Apparently, Jenny McCarthy was the guest on Oprah that morning saying she thinks vaccinations may have contributed to her son's developing autism at age 2. While promoting her new book, Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds, McCarthy said she's not anti-vaccination, but children should be tested to see if they can handle the vaccinations before they're administered. Her interview can be found on Oprah's Web site.
On the other hand, the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to be diligent about immunizing their children against illnesses to counteract the current rise in whooping cough and other infectious diseases.
What advice do you give tell parents about vaccinations? Is this more of a public health issue or a personal choice? Do you fear an outbreak of measles, chickenpox or polio?