Most moms don't have to look far beyond their circle of friends to find a family with serious concerns about vaccines. It's not difficult to understand why. For one, it can be torture to watch your child get jabbed repeatedly with a needle. Combine that discomfort with a steady stream of negative publicity -- celebrity diatribes, alarmist news and Internet reports, ripped-from-the-headline TV shows -- and the wariness seems warranted.
Yet underneath all the debate and impossibly good intentions (after all, everyone hopes to be doing the best for their child no matter how or whether they immunize), there are some solid facts about the benefits of shots that cannot be ignored.
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