Office Policy on Vaccination
August 24, 2011
We are frequently asked about our take on vaccinations. For the record, We recommend routine childhood vaccination without any reservation. Vaccines save millions of lives every year. Getting your child immunized is as important as breastfeeding, protecting them from the elements, feeding them a nutritious diet, holding their hand while crossing the street etc.
For those who are concerned about the impact of multiple shots at a time, we would be happy to modify the schedule as per your request. Additional charges may apply for the vaccine only visits as additional staff time is required to fulfill such requests.
For those who choose to not vaccinate at all, we will continue to discuss immunizations at each well visit.
We will also ask you to sign a vaccine refusal form, without any alterations. You will be given an opportunity to write your comments on the form. This form, signed by you and witnessed by the staff, is our only protection in case your child were to have an adverse outcome from a vaccine preventable disease. Any alteration or tampering with the form would indicate that we are in agreement with you in not vaccinating your child.
If you do not wish to sign this form, we would respectfully ask you to find another pediatrician.
We recommend the following websites for more information regarding vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases:
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever (before each dose) certain vaccinations are given.