Childhood Vaccination Policy

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In the best interest of the health and safety of all patients in our practice, effective 5/14/2015 Associated Pediatricians will no longer be accepting any new families who refuse to immunize their children. Families that are already established with our practice who, for reasons other than valid medical contraindications, have not completed age-appropriate immunizations will be expected to begin the process of completing these immunizations within six months and to have completed them within two years. Associated Pediatricians follows the immunization schedule recommended by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (AAP/ACIP).

It is well proven that vaccination for childhood diseases is safe and effective. Deciding to not vaccinate or to postpone vaccination is not supported by the medical literature. Delaying immunization places both the individual child and those around him/her at risk. We live in a global society. Recent outbreaks of whooping cough and measles and the persistence of polio in foreign countries highlights just how real these risks are.

If you have vaccine questions we are more than happy to discuss them with you. Although we do not recommend any immunization schedule other than that recommended by the AAAP/ACIP, if you intend to fully vaccinate your child using an "alternative schedule" we will make every effort to work with you to complete vaccinations in a timely manner.

If you are unwilling or unable to comply with our vaccination policy, we are not the practice for your family. In that event, we will help you transfer your records to another health care provider of your choosing. Our goal at Associated Pediatricians is to provide the best medical care for each of our patients. Routine childhood immunizations are the cornerstone of that care. We sincerely hope you can appreciate and share our goals.

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