Doctor: So, what questions did you have for me today?
Mother: We are concerned about the current vaccine schedule.* We know that babies should be protected from serious diseases, but the current schedule is getting…well, strange. (Pulls a scroll from her purse and starts unwinding it, reading off the schedule as she goes, and inserting comments) So, at birth, they want our baby to get a Hepatitis B  vaccination. We both test negative and are not at risk for that disease.
Father: Does our baby really need that one?
Doctor: Why yes, it is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
Mother: (absorbed with her scroll and ignoring the doctor’s comment) And another Hepatitis B at one month of age, and then at two months things really get going: seven vaccines?
Doctor: (smiling in an almost laughable manner) It isn’t that many shots. We can put off the Hepatitis B shot to two months and give Pediarix which is HepB, DTaP , and Polio  in one shot. Then the baby will only have to get three injections. The other injected vaccines are Hib  and PCV . Rotateq  is given orally. Plus, only giving one shot doesn’t always confer immunity into adulthood.
Father: (swallowing and looking a little nauseated). You want to give our two month old baby eight different disease doses in one day? Has this been tested for safety?
Doctor: Of course. Vaccines are the most thoroughly tested  of all drugs.
Mother: (unrolling the scroll some more) At four months we get the same 8 vaccines that we did at 2 months. (She passes one end of the scroll to the father to hold) Aren’t most of these diseases pretty rare in the U.S. right now?
Doctor: Not all of them. And the vaccinations are the only thing keeping us from having major outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. We cannot allow the vaccination rate to drop !
Father: Right. We are up to seventeen vaccines and the baby is only four months old. When was the last time you had 17 vaccines in four months, doctor?
Doctor: My vaccines are not the question here. We need to stay focused on what is needed for public health.