At any doctor’s appointment this time of year, the biggest question a parent will most likely be faced with is “would you like your child to get the flu shot today?” Up until this year, my answer has always been a swift decline. A few months ago I found myself on the fence.

Getting vaccinated used to be something that parents did blindly because the doctor said it was best. In recent years, though, it has become the new “norm” to question your child’s doctor at every turn. Should my child really take this medicine? Should my child really get these shots? What are the side effects or potential outcomes?