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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

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After the Shots...

Your child may need extra love and care after getting vaccinated.  Some vaccinations that protect children from serious diseases also can cause discomfort for a while. 

After vaccination, children may be fussy because of pain or fever.  To reduce discomfort, you may want to give your child a medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  Do not give aspirin.  If your child is fussy for more than 24 hours or fever is 102.5 or higher, call your healthcare provider.

If child's leg or arm is swollen, hot or red -  you can apply a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the sore area for comfort or apply an ice pack.

Call our office with any questions or concerns.

Vaccinations may hurt a little.......    but the disease can hurt a lot!!!!!