We are making you aware of these facts not to scare or coerce you, but 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 help you understand that vaccinating according to the schedule is in your child's best interest. However, if you still have doubts, please discuss these with your primary doctor. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations so long as the minimum requirements are met. Such additional visits may require additional co-pays on your part. Furthermore, please realize that you may be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement in the event of lengthy delays.
As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the best thing to do for all children and young adults. Each doctor at this practice has immunized their own children according to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended schedule.
Thank you for your time in reading this policy. Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with your pediatrician.
First MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) received before 2 years
First Varicella (chicken pox) vaccines received before 2 years
DTaP (diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis) vaccine four doses before 2 years
PCV-13 (pneumococcal) vaccine four doses before 2 years
Hib (Haemophilus influenza type B) vaccine four doses before 2 year
Children over the age of 2 have different minimum requirements. Ask your doctor.
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