Vaccine Policy at Rambling Road Pediatrics
We strongly believe vaccines prevent serious illnesses and are safe for children.
We believe that all children and young adults should receive the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Based on all available literature, evidence and current studies there is no evidence to support that vaccines cause autism or other developmental disabilities. There is no evidence to support that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, is a cause of autism or other developmental disabilities. We do offer thimerosal-free vaccines when available by the manufacturer.
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 their administration schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
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 died of one of these diseases.
Over the past several years, many people in Europe have chosen not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine after publication of an unfounded suspicion (later retracted) that the vaccine caused autism. As a result of under- immunization, there have been small outbreaks of measles and several deaths from complications of measles in Europe over the past several years.
We are making you aware of these facts to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to provide education and information regarding the recommended vaccines so that you can make an informed decision for your child. However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your health care provider. Delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits can put your child at risk for serious illness or death and goes against our medical advice as providers at Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics. You will be asked to sign a vaccine waiver if you choose to delay or decline required vaccines.
We are concerned that under-immunized children may pose a risk to other children in our offices and in our community. Therefore, if you choose not to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views.
As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. Thank you for your time in reading this policy and please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us at Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics in Portage at (269) 324-2400.
-Bronson Rambling Road Pediatrics Providers
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