Vaccinating our children against infectious diseases — like hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (dTaP), measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), and polio — is recommended by doctors, required by schools, and known to be an important preventative measure for us individually and as a society. However, in recent years, vaccination has grown into a hot-button issue, with some parents opting not to vaccinate their children and others fearing the effects of those parents’ decision. All the controversy can leave new parents confused. Babble offers you information about recommended vaccines, explains the thinking behind some parents’ choice not to vaccinate and how the debate unfolded, and even looks at how celebrities have wandered into the controversy. You’ll find lots of useful help here – and don’t worry, it won’t hurt a bit.