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New office hours starting in 2015

Monday - 7am -7:30pm

Tuesday - 7am -7:30pm

Wednesday - 7am -7:30pm

Thursday - 7am - 6pm

Friday - 7am - 5pm

Saturday - 8am - Noon

Immunization/Vaccines

Vaccines

  • We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
  • We firmly believe in the overall safety of vaccines.
  • We firmly believe children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
  • We firmly believe, based on all evidence to date, 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 health care providers (and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.)

The recommended vaccines and the schedule in which they are given are the result of years of scientific study and data gathered on millions of children and are reviewed by the experts in the scientific community regularly.

The recent decrease in vaccination rates is, in part, a result of the success of vaccines themselves. Because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis or even chicken pox. Many of you are not aware of the severity of illness these diseases can cause, or how many deaths can occur. Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating. Such an attitude, especially if it becomes widespread, can lead to tragic results.

Another factor affecting vaccine misconceptions is the vastness of disinformation readily available on the internet regarding vaccines. It is difficult for parents to know which sites are reputable and which are not and this creates needless anxiety and misinformation concerning this issue. Furthermore, there is a trend for erroneous information to be presented in a "scientific" manner to compound confusion about these topics. While the internet is a wonderful tool, anyone can profess any opinion on nearly any subject, regardless of truthfulness. To help you access factual information, we have compiled a list of several reliable websites that can be found at the end of this statement.

We live in a global society, and many of the diseases we vaccinate against are common in other parts of the world. These diseases are just a plane trip away and can be brought back into the United States easily. If we do not vaccinate against these diseases, we are susceptible to them.

Furthermore, by not vaccinating a healthy child, many children who are either too young to be vaccinated or are unable to be vaccinated because of complicating health factors are being put at needless risk.

By making you aware of these facts, we are not trying to scare or coerce you, but rather, emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that this subject is a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to answer your questions as we firmly believe vaccinating according to the recommended schedule is in the best interest of your child. We do not believe that delaying or "breaking up vaccines" to give one or two at a time is the right course of action and can put your child at risk for serious illness. If you would like to discuss this with us, please schedule an appointment specifically for this purpose (and separate from your child's well visit) so that we may have time to answer your questions and concerns about this issue.

Because we believe so strongly that vaccination is in the best interest of your child and our community, if you should decide to refuse to vaccinate your child, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician. Please recognize that by refusing vaccines for your child, you are putting him/her at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness, disability and even death. We sincerely recommend you reconsider your decision.

In summary, as medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children and young adults on schedule with currently available vaccines is the right thing to do to protect our children and our community.

Below is a list of reliable sources for vaccine information:

American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www2.aap.org/immunization/families/families.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/

Immunization Action Coalition: http://www.immunize.org/

Vaccinate Your Baby: http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/

CDC Immunization Schedule 0-6 years : http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf

CDC Immunization Schedule 7-18 years: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/downloads/parent-version-schedule-7-18yrs.pdf

Vaccine Safety: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/safety/default.htm

Vaccines and Disease info: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/default.htm

Whooping Cough (Pertussis): http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/default.htm

Autism Fraud Documentary: http://briandeer.com/mmr/lancet-summary.htm

Vaccine Safety Evidence Examined: http://www2.aap.org/immunization/families/faq/vaccinestudies.pdf

Further links to trusted sources : http://www.vaccineinformation.org/trusted-sources/

Science based vaccine search engine: http://www.vaxfax.me/