Parents' Guide to Dealing With People Who Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids

February 20, 2015 2:59 PM

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The measles outbreak that started in Disneyland raised the specter of infectious diseases in parents’ minds. Since then, cases have been reported in 17 states and the District of Columbia. As measles comes closer to home, moms and dads grapple with mixed emotions – anxiety about their children’s risk, desire to protect them and bafflement over parents who choose not to immunize their kids against vaccine-preventable illnesses.

The recommended age for the first of two MMR vaccines – for measles, mumps and rubella – starts at 1 year old. While babies are born with protective antibodies from their mothers, that natural immunity fades within months, leaving a window where they’re more vulnerable to infectious illnesses. Vacci...

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