Starlight Pediatrics has carefully reviewed our approach to vaccinations in our practice. There are several factors that we feel have a bearing on this vaccine policy. Our practice wants to ensure all of our patients, as well as the community at large, are as healthy as possible. One of the most important public health advancements has been the development of vaccinations, so we strongly believe that all children should be immunized. Because of vaccines, many diseases have been eliminated or have become uncommon. Scientific research has consistently and overwhelmingly shown that vaccines are not only effective but also safe. To not have a child vaccinated not only puts that child at risk, but everyone with whom he or she comes into contact. That includes family members, classmates, and other children in our waiting room.
With these issues in mind, the following reflects our vaccine policy:
Starlight Pediatrics follows the recommended schedule of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We look forward to providing the best care possible for our patients and their families. We respect the rights of all parents/guardians to make decisions and understand that you also want what is best for your children. We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent illness and to save lives. Based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, we do not believe that vaccines cause autism or other developmental disabilities. Furthermore, the thimerosal preservative, which has been removed from almost all vaccines, has never been shown to cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We want to assure you that vaccines are safer today than they have ever been and that it is safe to give multiple or combination vaccines at the same office visit. This is because the reactivity of the individual vaccines is a tiny fraction of what a child’s immune system would be faced with if it were exposed to the actual diseases.
We firmly believe that much of the protection of vaccines comes from mass immunity. Most vaccines produce immunity in 90-95% of children. The remaining 5-10% who do not produce immunity are protected from mass immunity, meaning that a highly vaccinated population limits the spread of most infections. As more people choose not to vaccinate, mass immunity will become absent. Now more than ever, it is important to protect those who choose to vaccinate their children from those who elect not to vaccinate.
Our policy is written to emphasize the importance of vaccinating children. 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 that vaccinating according to the schedule is the appropriate thing to do. Please be advised refusing vaccines and can put your child at risk for serious illness or even death, and goes against our medical advice as providers at Starlight Pediatrics. We follow the recommendations of the AAP and CDC.
If despite our recommendations, you feel you cannot follow the AAP and CDC recommendations for these vaccines, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views. We provide urgent care service to your child/ren for 30 days starting today. After this period is over, your child/ren will be deactivated and no further service will be provided. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such providers. Please recognize that by not vaccinating, you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness and disability, even death.
The current CDC vaccine schedule has been developed by top experts and is designed around the way your child’s immune system works. On occasion, due to a parent’s request, we may alter the schedule, however Starlight Pediatrics highly recommends that you do not alter it.
At this time, insurance companies will not pay for the visit associated with an altered vaccine schedule. Therefore, due to the additional cost of staffing and supplies, we have found it necessary to institute a $25.00 charge per visit. The charges must be paid at the time of the visit.
Please see the enclosed Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About the Vaccine Schedule from the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you still have questions or concerns, the doctors will be happy to discuss them with you.
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