However, for many parents, especially those with one or more children on the autism spectrum, it's difficult to decide whether to vaccinate.
With the considerable ramifications for failing to vaccinate children against potentially deadly diseases, why do many continue to insist that there is a link between autism and the MMR vaccine?
The panic led to many parents in both the UK and the USA choosing not to vaccinate their children for measles, mumps and rubella or many other required childhood vaccinations.
After the study was published, parents all over the world questioned childhood vaccine safety and thousands began delaying or refusing to vaccinate their children.
Most animal shelters vaccinate the animals before allowing them to be adopted, but in the event you are unsure, take her to your local vet.
Some parents hesitate to vaccinate their children for religious reasons or because they fear side effects of the vaccination.
Failure to vaccinate leaves your dog at risk to contract the virus every time he meets another dog or takes a walk in public.
If you have multiple dogs and one develops the illness, it is a wise precaution to vaccinate your other animals.
The healthcare community is urging parents to vaccinate their children to arrest the spread of these diseases.
Some physicians remain reluctant to vaccinate against a usually mild childhood disease such as chickenpox.