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To immunize or not to immunize?

September 19, 2014
Good question? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts and resources to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. As professionals in the medical arena, the staff at the Aspen Birth Center subscribes to the information provided by the AAP, in order to ensure safety and efficacy of practices and teaching, for the benefit of your family.  More specifically we would also recommend to follow the guidelines outlined by the AAP for childhood vaccinations.

But, there's more to this, right? When it comes to the safety and well-being of your child, somehow there are few emotions that could compare to our need to protect and nurture our children as they grow and hopefully, thrive.  Okay, but you say, let's remove the emotion and cover "just the facts ma'am..."  The Center for Disease Control CDC has an updated web page with information about licensed vaccines and they continuously monitor for safety and efficacy. They include, fact sheets, FAQ's and scientific articles that support their stance. 

People who are against vaccines, especially parents who believe vaccines have harmed their children, are typically not persuaded by health experts descriptions about how important vaccines are, how many lives they have saved, and how the benefits of vaccines far outweigh the possible risks of vaccines. Pediatricians and health care providers are simply driven by the fact it is their job to help parents make informed decisions about vaccinating their children.  After all, no one wants to do the wrong thing? An example of this may include the scenario that a child becomes ill with a vaccine preventable disease.  

The bottom line is, you are educated, intelligent adults who just want to make the best choices for your children.  That's what we want, too! Safeguard yourself from making decisions based upon fear and propaganda by seeking information from your pediatrician and other reputable sources.
Posted by Heather Knott, RN, IBCLC
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