The National Vaccine Information Council, a Vienna, Va., advocacy group formed by parents of children who experienced medical problems after vaccinations, advises the following:
* Become an educated parent. Ask your doctor for background material on vaccinations.
* Have your doctor make sure your child is healthy before any vaccinations.
* Make sure your child's medical record includes a complete personal and family medical history. Ask the doctor if any major illnesses or conditions put your child at risk for a vaccination reaction.