Actress Amanda Peet and her husband wanted to make an informed decision about vaccinating their first child.

“When it was time for our daughter’s immunizations we wanted the facts,” says Peet in a video at
“So we carefully researched vaccines. We spoke with doctors and other experts and asked them tough questions. We decided that vaccines were the best thing for our child.”

Peet, who just gave birth to a second daughter in April, says she volunteered to become a spokesperson for website because it featured the kind of reliable info she and her husband sought when doing vaccine research. She says this research helped her to know vaccinating your baby on time is the right choice.

“I learned that delaying vaccines could jeopardize our baby’s life. Get the facts about vaccines so you can make the best healthcare decisions for your family.”

Emerging epidemics?
The return of vaccine-preventable diseases?

Pertussis is the only vaccine-preventable disease that’s on the rise in the US, according to the CDC. With the outbreak of measles last year in New York, experts are asking whether we’re seeing the return of vaccine-preventable diseases as some parents hesitate to vaccinate their kids.

In fact, as many as one-third of all parents may be delaying vaccinations and 12% of parents are skipping vaccines altogether, according to survey results released this spring as part of the CDC’s National Immunization Survey for children born between 2005 and 2007, the latest numbers available.

The most common reasons parents give for delaying or skipping shots include:
Child was sick when shot was due (44%)
Don’t believe vaccines are effective (26%)
Afraid of a possible link to autism (25%)


Carolyn Davis Cockey, MLS, LCCE, is founding editor of Healthy Mom&Baby, Senior Director of Partnerships & Publications at AWHONN, and a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator in Sarasota, FL.

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