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Vaccines: Mom's Experience

"I was a wreck over the MMR shot, with so many things linking that to autism, that boys are 40% more likely to have autism, and that 1 in 100 kids have some sort of autism. My doctor and nurse were so great about it. They let me ask as many questions as I wanted, and didn't make me feel like I was crazy, or that I was wrong for questioning things. I did give him the MMR shot, but I separated it." -- Nicole Raczak-Smith, mom to Dakota, age 22 months

"My husband and I decided to spend time interviewing several pediatricians when we were pregnant with our daughter. Every pediatrician said the same thing: 'I vaccinate my kids, so why wouldn't I recommend vaccinating yours?' If I didn't trust my daughter's pediatrician, then all my knowledge is left open to me rifling through all the information out there and of course that can get scary and overwhelming. Our decision to vaccinate was so easy because every pediatrician said the same thing." --  Lisa Hennessey, mom to  Molly, age 12 months

"When I was growing up, I had an elderly aunt who had polio when she was a little girl, and I remember not being able to take my eyes off her wheelchair and shriveled legs. I can't imagine risking that one of my children could get such a terrible illness, so I never dreamed of not vaccinating them."  -- Stephanie Mullen, mom to Charlie, 8