With the outbreak of measles, vaccinations has become a hot topic again. Somebody very close to me believes vaccinations are dangerous for kids and that the pharmaceutical companies are behind the increase in shots the kids have to now have (example: hepatitis B). There is a doctor in our state who doesn't force parents to vaccinate her little patients as she also believes they are dangerous and that it should be up to the parents. How do you feel about this? When my kids were babies, they did not have as many shots as they now have, although I have to admit I didn't pay that much attention. To me, you vaccinated your kids and if the pediatrician recommended a vaccine, I agreed to have my children get it. I don't believe vaccinations have anything to do with autism. I believe medicine has pretty much gone over that and found it a myth. I also don't think mercury is put in shots anymore, are there? I had a cab driver recently who was talking to me about the flu shot and how she'd never have one. I think it's an interesting topic. If I'm right, this type of controversy goes on all across the globe, with many parents fearing vaccinations. I'm curious to hopefully hear from other posters on their feelings, especially those who live across the pond.