Because we are committed to protecting the health of your children through vaccination, we require all of our patients to be vaccinated.
We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.
We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.
The recommended vaccines and the vaccine schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
Because of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating, but such a mindset can lead to tragic results. A resurgence in whooping cough and measles is just the start of poor health outcome that follows a lack of vaccination. When you don't vaccinate, you take a significant risk with your child's health and the health of others around them. Delaying of "breaking up the vaccines" goes against expert recommendations and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers.
We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. However, if we are unable to reach an agreement on vaccination, we will ask you to find another healthcare provider who shares your views.
As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating your child on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do to protect all children and young adults. Thank you for taking the time to read this policy. Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.