We believe that it is vitally important for all of our children to be fully vaccinated. This may be the single most important thing that can be done to protect your children from many serious illnesses, as well as to protect the children in the community who are too young to be vaccinated. Years of study have proven vaccines to be safe, effective, and well tolerated. Exhaustive scientific research has shown that neither vaccines, nor the preservatives contained within them, are the cause any type of autism or developmental delay.
We strongly recommend that all of our patients receive all of the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. We follow the recommended schedule of immunizations; it has been shown to be the most effective way to protect children from these illnesses. If you have any concerns about specific vaccines or the schedule that they are given on, please speak to your primary care provider. In some cases, we may be willing to alter a vaccination schedule. However, please be aware that this goes against medical advice, and puts both your child and the community at risk. Delaying or “breaking up” vaccines will also result in increased office visits and co-pays for your family.
If, for whatever reason, you decide to refuse all immunizations, we will ask that you to find a new primary care provider. We feel so strongly about this issue that we are unable to provide care for families that do not vaccinate.