We firmly believe in the safety and effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives. We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 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 or caregivers. The recommended vaccines and the schedule by which they are given represent the cumulative results of years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians. Stated simply, optimal preventive child health care includes the timely use of these childhood immunizations.
Unfortunately the practice of immunization is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that there is even a discussion about whether or not they should be given. Because of vaccines, many parents have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis or even now chickenpox, nor have known a friend or family member whose child died from one of these diseases. Such success can understandably lead to complacency about the need for vaccination. However such an attitude, especially if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results. Epidemics of vaccine preventable illnesses have once again erupted in developed countries once thought free of these diseases. Herd immunity, the protection afforded the unvaccinated by living in a community that is otherwise fully vaccinated, begins to fail as increasing numbers in the community decline vaccination. Parents who refuse vaccination not only threaten the health of their own children, but rather the health of the entire community, most especially infants and the immunologically deficient for whom immunizations are not possible.
It is for these reasons that Lakeside Pediatrics now requires that children who receive pediatric care through our practice receive and stay current with all childhood immunizations as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics (see below). We realize that parents sometimes may have questions and concerns about the safety and effectiveness of childhood immunizations, and we are committed to providing the most scientifically current and complete information to assist in understanding them. However, if despite this, parents still elect not to immunize their child, we respectfully require that they seek pediatric care for their child from another source.
IMMUNIZATION COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS:
INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR PARENTS: