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.
Link to Vaccine schedule/ACIP recommended schedule here:
- Routine Labs and screening as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Healthy child resources. (link to healthychildren.org)