Immunizations

Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections are one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention.

Delaying vaccines puts your child and the children they come in contact with at risk for severe infections. We need to insure that our office and waiting room are safe for our patients. We strongly discourage delaying vaccines, as there is no evidence that delaying them makes them safer, and it leaves children unprotected for a greater period of time.

There is a great deal of science behind the recommended vaccine schedule. The success of immunizing for many years has allowed many people to worry less about the diseases and now worry about the vaccines instead. The risk of these vaccine-preventable diseases is far greater than unproven concerns about their safety. Your doctor will be happy to discuss any concerns that you may have. For more information, please visit:

Vaccine Safety: The Facts A brief fact sheet on vaccines from the AAP

www.immunize.org

www.cispimmunize.org

For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) can be found at the follwoing link: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html

Recommended Immunization Schedule

Link to Vaccine schedule/ACIP recommended schedule here:

www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Immunizations are the most important preventative measure to keep your children safe and healthy.  Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines and schedule provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.  Delaying vaccines puts your child and the children they come in contact with at risk for serious infections.  Some children may have immune problems, cancer or organ transplants, and cannot receive all of their immunizations.  We need to ensure that our office is safe for all of our patients.  We strongly discourage delaying vaccines, as there is no evidence that delaying them makes them safer, and it leaves them unprotected for a greater period of time.

There is a tremendous amount of science and research behind the recommended vaccine schedule.  The vaccines are given at specific ages in order to protect them when they are most at risk for these diseases.  Unfortunately, the success of immunizing children for many years has allowed many people to become complacent and worry less about the diseases and now worry about the vaccines instead.  The risk of these vaccine-preventable diseases is far greater than unproven concerns about their safety.  Your doctor will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have about immunizations.