It's a conversation more and more parents are having with their doctors: Should they delay early childhood vaccinations or in some cases skip them all together?
Local doctors say many new parents just don't think it's necessary and that's what has them worried. Dr. Charlotte Weeda is a pediatrician, as well as a parent, who's worked in Portland, North Idaho and now Spokane. She says in every location it's the same story, many people just don't think they are necessary.
"I have a daughter and I give her all the vaccines, I think the risk of the disease is so much greater than the risk of the vaccinations," Weeda said.
A recent study out of Western Washington highlights a growing concern for doctors like Weeda.
"It is increasing in number, the people that are worried about vaccinations for their children," said Weeda.
Her career has taken her across the Pacific Northwest and she says many new parents in each area are asking the question, why vaccinate?
"The majority of them just don't think that they're necessary," said Weeda.
Weeda thinks because the U.S. has such a strong vaccination push many parents haven't been exposed to vaccine preventable diseases like, measles, mumps or meningitis.
"But I think if people haven't been at a bedside with a baby and watched them dying from that, they don't understand the risks that it really could happen to their child," said Weeda.
Unfortunately Weeda thinks it may take another outbreak of something like measles for parents to once again be reminded of why doctors vaccinate. Until then, she welcomes concerns and questions.
"I enjoy that parents ask questions because it's caused me to go back and review the literature and make sure it's safe," said Dr. Weeda.
Local school districts require their students to have up to date vaccinations or at least exemptions on file before returning to class and now is a good time to check those requirements.