Should You Vaccinate Your Child?

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You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates, and other ways to keep them safe.

But what about vaccinations? News 13's Justin Roth tell us more.

No parent wants to cause their child harm I spoke with one Casper woman and her story about her fears of vaccinations.

This is Lisa Kastenschmidt and her four month old child Gabriella. Lisa had a near death experience when she was only a couple months old.

Lisa is a stay at home mom and shared, "When I was born I got half of my first vaccine and it ended up stopping my heart."

Her father decided afterwards, she would no longer be getting vaccinations, and that included her siblings.

"I have a brother and sister they also did not get vaccinated and my dad was also not vaccinated as well." she says.

Turns out what happened to Lisa is not unheard of but pretty rare.

Wes Morris is Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) at the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming he says, "So there are rare side-effects that can happen there so rare I don't really feel like this is a good opportunity to talk about them but I would suggest that speaking with your health-care provider would be a great way to understand."

Morris says there are major benefits to be vaccinated especially if you have to go to the hospital.

"So anytime you arrive at the emergency department I'm going to ask have you had your kids vaccinated because what it does it helps eliminated a whole host of diseases that could be present."

Lisa says her whole family has never been sick.

"None of us have had the flu, chicken poxes, any kind of sickness what so ever."

So are vaccines worth it?

Morris says yes, "As a parent it's hard to see your kids get hurt you know with the poke and with the needle and that type of stuff but you gotta remember this is the best thing that you can do for your kids to keep them safe from the diseases that are largely eradicated because we have vaccinated."

And if you're curious about Gabriella, Lisa says, "I would vaccinate my child because I think that it is not my body to vaccinate and to choose not to but if I had the same experience that I had personally when I was younger I wasn't going to continue to vaccinate her."

Lisa hopes when the day comes Gabriella doesn't have the horrific experience that she had.

Morris tells News 13 when asked about vaccines and a link to autism he explain most of those theories have been debunked.