By Amy Wright Glenn
The pediatric nurse slides a long, thin needle into my infant son’s soft thigh. His immediate screams quicken my heartbeat. I take a deep breath.
“It’s alright sweet boy,” I speak softly, holding him close, letting him cry, and then bringing him to my breast. “It’s alright.”
Gratefully, it was all right. Like the majority of children in the US, my son received his first round of vaccinations in accordance with the suggested guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and experienced no adverse reaction — not even a slight fever.
But this is not every child’s story.
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