New Vaccine Policy New Vaccine Policy
 

It is our practice's policy to follow the schedule published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices).   We recognize that there is much anti-vaccine information in the press today that has heightened parents' concerns regarding immunizations.  However, there is no scientific link between vaccines and autism as claimed by some.  We feel it necessary to take a firm stand on the vaccine policies in our practice.

We will now require all patients to follow the standard CDC vaccine schedule unless they meet one of the following criteria:

  •  Severe allergy to one of the components of the vaccine.  Minor allergies may require observation after vaccination, but the vaccine may be given.
  •  Vaccine is unavailable at an office visit.
  •  Immune suppression in the patient or caregiver that precludes vaccination.  Most often it is better to vaccinate all people around an immune compromised person to help protect them against the vaccine preventable diseases.  This includes live virus vaccines.
  •  Fever or significant illness within the previous 24 hours prior to scheduled vaccine.  It is recommended to vaccinate with mild illnesses.
  •  Inability to vaccinate with a live virus due to another live virus vaccine being given in the previous 28 days.
  •  Chronic high dose steroid of at least 2 weeks duration might exclude certain vaccines.
  •  Chronic illness that precludes vaccination.

Seasonal Influenza and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) are recommended but not mandatory.

We will no longer allow an alternate vaccine schedule.  A number of studies have shown that the standard vaccine schedule is safe and effective.  There are no studies supporting a slower or "spaced out" schedule.

If you do not plan on having your infant or child vaccinated according to the standard vaccine schedule as recommended by the CDC and required for daycare and school entry, then we respectfully ask you to find a physician who is willing to take this risk with you and your child.

Thank you very much for your attention to this important medical topic.

Vaccine Policy Statement Vaccine Policy Statement
 
  • Vaccines prevent serious illness and save lives.

  • Vaccines are safe and effective

Vaccines are the most successful medical invention of the last 300 years.  They have saved more lives than antibiotics, insulin, or any other medicine.  Vaccination is the most important intervention that we can perform as your child's health care provider.

The recommended vaccines and the schedule for giving them are the results of many years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children, done by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.  The specific schedule for immunization is published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The vaccination campaign has been so successful in the United States that many people have never seen the diseases they are preventing.  The huge numbers of children that were stricken or even killed by these common diseases have faded from most people's memory.  Because of this, some parents have become complacent about vaccines, mistakenly believing they are no longer important.

As we have seen in various communities around the country, outbreaks of diseases that had almost disappeared can re-appear.  Some children have died from a preventable disease such as measles.  We do not want such a dangerous situation to occur in our waiting room or in our community. Infections like measles and whooping cough are extremely contagious and can be very harmful, especially to small children or those with low immunity.

Therefore we will not continue to see patients in our office whose parents refuse to have their children immunized.  Exceptions will only be made for children with a disease that suppresses their immunity.

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children are putting them at unnecessary risk for life threatening illness, disability, or even death.  Our practice will not participate in such an inappropriate decision.

New babies in our practice will be required to receive a minimum of DTaP, HiB, Polio, and Pneumococcal vaccines by three months of age and all AAP recommended immunizations by 24 months of age.  Booster doses of MMR, Chickenpox, DTaP and IPV are required by age 6.  The meningococcal vaccine and Tdap booster will need to be given by the age of 12 years.

If you as the child's parent or guardian refuse the recommended immunizations, then we respectfully ask you to transfer your child's care to another health care provider.  As medical professionals we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults.

Vaccine Information Sheets Vaccine Information Sheets
 

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