We appreciate you visiting our site, looking for solid, science based content and encourage you to submit any question you might have about vaccines.

There are some common questions and concerns that we are asked at TAPI quite regularly. We encourage parents and individuals to question what vaccines are best for them, to talk to their medical professional for sound science based guidance and to research questions on valid, science based websites.

Is it okay for my baby to have so many shots at once?

Yes, the vaccines that children receive in the first two years of life are just a drop in the ocean when compared to the tens of thousands of environmental challenges that babies successfully manage every day. (CHOP) Link to PDF

Don’t infants have a natural immunity?

Disease protection a mother passes onto their newborn, or natural immunity,  will fade over time. That is why it is important to follow the recommended childhood vaccine schedule. Vaccines help boost your child’s own immune system to protect them as their natural immunity fades. Link to PDF

Haven’t we gotten rid of most of these diseases in this country?

Actually, many diseases still occur at low levels in the United States (like measles, mumps and hib) .  Many other diseases are wide-spread still in other parts of the world (like polio, rubella  and diphtheria)  and therefore are just a plane ride away for your family! It is important to build that protection for your children while they are young.

I heard that some vaccines can cause autism. Is this true?

No, this is not true. There have been many, many research studies all showing no link to autism and vaccination.  Link to PDF

Can’t I just wait until my child goes to school to catch up on immunizations?

The immunization schedule has been studied and has been determined to be the best schedule and work the best for children to protect them each step of the way against vaccine preventable diseases. Changing the schedule not only leaves your child vulnerable to disease prior to school but also creates a new schedule for vaccines that has not been studied as the the CDC recommended schedule as been. Link to PDF

Why does my child need a chickenpox shot? Isn’t it a mild disease?

Your child can receive the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and be protected against the disease. The disease can be mild for some, but life threatening for others with many complications. Also, protection now and can protect them later when as an adult chicken pox can be quite dangerous.  Link to PDF Page 26

My child is sick right now. Is it okay for her to still get shots?

Talk to your doctor about getting your child’s shots at his or her visit. They will check symptoms and how high  his or her fever is  and make a determination.

Website Resources

Below are a few additional websites that have excellent vaccine resources which TAPI encourages you to also check out.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia website
Immunization Action Coalition website

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