Why I Chose to Vaccinate My Son

The Health Ministry's campaign to administer a more effective, yet more dangerous polio vaccine to children across Israel has some parents asking: why should I put my child at risk to protect others? The reasons are both selfish and community-minded.

We moved to Israel on July 1 – well, more precisely, my husband returned after seven years in the U.S., and I made aliyah. We brought our precious son, who is almost two years old, and we are pregnant with another son, who will join our family (G-d willing) in December. I broke down crying the first day I picked my son up from daycare and he was sitting alone in a corner while the other kids played...