When I was young, I hated being told by my elders that they knew more than I did, and that life experience had taught them so many things, and blah, blah, blah. Now that I am no longer so young myself, I realize that my life experience has taught me things that I am eager to share.
A very important decision that every parent makes for their child is whether or not to vaccinate. Vaccination is a controversial topic today, as it was when my now-teenage son was an infant. Your Baby's Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives by Stacy Mintzer Herlihy provides good, scientific information without scare tactics.
Do vaccinations bring the risk of danger and reaction? Yes, they do, just as with any medical procedure. Does withholding vaccinations bring the risk of danger and reaction? Yes, it does. Your Baby's Best Shot does not promote giving all children vaccinations, and there are some valid reasons for not vaccinating. This book provides facts backed by research, and strongly suggests that you discuss vaccination with your pediatrician.
If you are on the fence regarding vaccination, I would recommend reading this book.
Mary Wilmes is a library assistant at Half Moon Bay Library.