Babies Get 24 Vaccines in 24 Months? No Wonder They Don't Like Needles By Liza Burby January 18, 2013 Get can’t-miss family activities sent to you! Subscribe That doesn't mean parents won't disagree. Some refuse to have their children vaccinated at all as they worry about the potential side effects. There have been debates about whether or not these vaccines can lead to autism. I spent unnecessary time when my youngest was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age seven worrying that if only I had resisted the hepatitis B vaccine when she was an infant than perhaps I could have prevented her diagnosis. I did enough research to eventually believe that was not the case, but I suffered guilt until then. If I had it to do over, I would have at least asked if vaccines could have been spaced out more. But the study gives compelling reasons why, while it may seem that the vaccine schedule is a crowded one, there are sound medical reasons to adhere to it. It is based on when a child becomes vulnerable to infections, as well as when their immune system is developed enough to handle the vaccines. The study further says that delaying or refusing vaccinations can cause harm not only to the child not fully vaccinated, but also to those around them. This became very evident in 2011 when the incidence of whooping cough--a totally preventable disease--increased significantly in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the US is having one of the worst outbreaks of whooping cough in 50 years and that 18 people, mostly very young babies, have died. It seems unimaginable that this is even a problem. Yet one of my staff spent nearly two months caring for her son in 2011 when he came down with whooping cough. She said it was a nightmare as he could not stop coughing. Imagine the toll it took on his body. Whatever your opinions are about childhood vaccines, it helps to be informed. We're fortunate to have the means to prevent our children from catching the childhood illnesses that killed so many generations ago. There are numerous other things over which we have little control as we raise our children. We have to pick our battles, and perhaps this shouldn't be one of them. Get the Best Kid-Friendly Activities Sent to You Weekly! Sign-up .