Though I am not pro-vaccination, to say I am anti-vaccination would be a stretch. I believe it is a very personal decision that only a parent should be able to make for their child.
The facts are that vaccinations can cause harm to your child, and like anything that may cause harm, only a parent should be given the responsibility of weighing up the pros and cons and making the decision that is best for their family.
After all, if something should go wrong (as it did with my child) it is you the parent who will be dealing with the aftermath – financially, physically and emotionally.
That said, I have seen a recent announcement of a new vaccination that is a single dose mumps vaccination available in the UK from June 2012, and wanted to write some detail on it here.
Please be aware if you are evaluating your stance on this new drug, that newer does not automatically mean better. In addition, something that needs to be taken into account is the method of producing any drug (or cosmetic, household product etc).
In this case this vaccination that you will be allowing to be injected into your child is cultured from canine kidney cells rather than chick embryos and is thought to be manufactured in the Czech Republic (a country with vastly different laws and safety legislation on pharmaceutical manufacture).
All in all, as with any vaccine product the best advise I can offer is to do your homework. Know when you are making a decision it is an informed decision, and not one made by a puppet who does whatever the man in the white coat tells you to do.