Adulthood often confronts us with balancing risks and rewards in life. One of those is vaccinating ourselves and our children. I strongly believe that the recommended vaccines are life-saving, safe, and critical to protecting our children's health. I strongly believe deferring them or refusing them is life-threatening, unsafe, and dangerous. Four years of college, four years of medical school, three years of pediatric training, 18 years of medical practice, and lots of reading and studying have taught me this and reinforced the facts.
There is an excellent article in the new Parade Magazine. It reviews how the come-backs of diseases (including approximately 4000 cases of whooping cough in the state of Washington) are related to large numbers of vaccine refusals.
Protect your children! Vaccinate!