We recommend this vaccine, mainly because there are so few side effects and because so many people travel to developing countries at some point in their lives. In addition, even though the CDC recommendation to give this vaccine to one-year-olds is relatively new, the vaccine has been around for years and has been well studied. Finally, the vaccine is now covered by insurance when given to children between one and two years of age. However, it is not always covered by insurance when given to older children or adults so there is an advantage to give the vaccine when recommended.
However, we recognize that the disease is usually unrecognized and mild in most children when symptoms do appear. We also understand that unless you are traveling overseas, the illness is not common for most people in the United States. So for these reasons, we do see why some parents would put this vaccine lower on their list of necessary vaccines.