Infant Vaccinations Kept Our Son Healthy + Join #ivax2protect Twitter Event

Infant Immunization

I remember reading endless pregnancy and baby books as soon as I found out we were expecting. I was set on having a healthy pregnancy, by limiting my junk food intake and doing everything to keep our son healthy. I visited several Atlanta pediatrician’s offices to see which one would be a good fit. With Atlanta traffic and the number of visits to the pediatrician in the first six months of a baby’s life, I chose a nearby office. I remember during one of the tours with a group of parents, vaccination schedules were a huge topic. I already knew we’d follow the recommended schedule for infant vaccinations.

When A.J. was born in 2010, he received the Hepatitis B immunization in the hospital and all of his recommended shots since then. Aside from his food allergies, vision problems and drooping eyelid, as well as the occasional case of the flu (the year we I forgot to get the vaccine) – he’s been very healthy.


The last nine years of his life have been a blur.  A.J. is headed to the fourth grade in the Fall, he’s into video games and I’m suddenly quite embarrassing to him. He’s even taken after his TV Mom and Dad by acting as a “kid correspondent” on board our 2015 Carnival Cruise. He loves visiting attractions around Atlanta, like World of Coca-Cola and the Children’s Museum.

At a “tween” he’s really starting to blossom and become his own person. His opinions are strong! So are his likes and dislikes. Thanks to many of the health decisions we made when he was an infant, he’s healthy enough to live out his dreams and his love for math.

I’m proud to team up with the Centers for Disease Control (@CDCGov on Twitter) for National Infant Immunization Week. All week long you’ll find great resources for parents to get answers to your immunization questions on the CDC’s profiles.

#ivax2protect Twitter Event

Join this week’s Twitter Chat where health experts and parents will provide life-saving information on how to follow a recommended vaccine schedule and how to handle the common reactions after your child gets their shots.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time: 7-9 p.m. EST

Participating Twitter Accounts:

  • @CDCgov (CDC)
  • @DrNancyM_CDC (Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases)
  • @AmerAcadPeds (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • @healthychildren (Official Website of the American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • @whattoexpect (Source for parenting and pregnancy information)
  • @heidimurkoff (Author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting)
  • @CDCDirector
  • CDCFlu


Infant Immunization Resources

“Defend your baby against 14 serious childhood diseases, like measles and whooping cough, with the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving him all the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect him. For more reasons to vaccinate, visit CDC’s vaccine website for parents:


Infant Vaccinations Kept Our Son Healthy + Join #ivax2protect 4/24 Twitter Event w/ @CDCGov

About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. I’ve always thought immunization was a great thing. What do you think about all the drama going on with vaccinations?

  2. The decision to vaccinate your child. Is a personal choice for each parent. But as a nurse I think it’s necessary to have your child immunize. The Center for Disease Control has lots of resources on immunization for Parents who are undecided.

  3. I’ve gotten my children vaccinated according the the schedule as well, I recently forgot to get the flu shot this year and I learned the very hard way. I thought it was fine when i remembered late and we were having a mild winter, my middle child got the flu a few weeks ago at the end of the season and it hurt my heart to see him suffering like that, he was down and out FOR A WHOLE WEEK and it hurt my pockets to come up off for that flu medicine. It was a whopping $134 AFTER INSURANCE paid their part. Lesson learned this momma will be vaccinating all her littles going forward, even the flu shots…

  4. Beautiful family you have there! I know there’s a lot of controversy about immunizations, but they really are key to keeping your kids healthy.

  5. Beautiful family. I don’t have kids, but there are some vaccinations I’m so iffy about. It’s so important to do your own research too.

    • I agree! Beautiful family. And yes, it’s definitely a personal choice and I do agree with doing your own research as well. There’s so much info out there, and I’m so glad most of it is at our fingertips 🙂

  6. I do agree it’s important that kids get their vaccinations. But I don’t think it should be blind accept all on the parts of parents. Research and know what is being given to your child.

    Good to see your sin is growing up so active and well.

  7. Like you I knew immediately that I was going to follow the schedule my pediatrician suggested. My kids now have seasonal allergies but that is it. They are very healthy at 4 & 11 having not been ill.

    I think the vaccinations and me breastfeeding them until each of them were 14 months old was major.

  8. I don’t have any little ones yet, but I’ve been thinking about all those vaccinations that they’ll need and I’m really unsure at this point. I will definitely look into it before I do anything.

  9. Seems like I see this debate amongst parents all the time. I have no kids so nothing I need to worry about right now.

  10. Research and more research is so important when making the decision to vaccinate or not.