There has been an increasing amount of media attention given to vaccine safety and side effects. The information presented is understandably concerning to families and has resulted in many questions regarding our vaccine policy. The following is our response to these statements.
We firmly believe in the effectiveness and safety of our vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives. We believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vac-cines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We 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 or caregivers. We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are even discussing whether or not they should be given. 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 had died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating. Vaccination of preventable disease is very important to both your child’s health and to the public health of our community. Disease rates of vaccine preventable infections have increased when communities have seen decreasing vaccination rates.
As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. As a minimal guideline we expect that our patients be no more than one visit behind schedule and that all patients be up to date with all vaccines by age 2.
The Doctors and Nurse Practitioners at The Pediatric Center