Our Vaccine Policy
Dedicated to Providing The Best Care That We Can For Our Patients
We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
- We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.
- We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the CDC and the AAP.
- We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism, other developmental disabilities or harm.
- We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important intervention we perform as healthcare providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.
We at Coastal Pediatrics are dedicated to providing the best care that we can for our patients. To do so effectively, we feel that we must enter into a partnership based on mutual trust with the parents of our patients so that together we can achieve this goal.
We are obligated to deliver the best and safest healthcare possible for our patients and our community. We feel professionally uncomfortable caring for children who will not receive a minimal set of vaccinations. All patients in the practice are required to receive the appropriately timed DTaP, Hib, Polio and Pneumococcal vaccines at the two, four and six month visits, and have all AAP recommended immunizations by two years of age.
We want to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. Should you have doubts, please discuss these with your healthcare provider in advance of your visit. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers at Coastal Pediatrics. Such additional visits may require additional co-pays on your part. Furthermore, please realize that you will be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement in the event of lengthy delays.
The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that there is even discussion over whether or not they should be given. Because of vaccines, many people have never seen a child with a vaccine preventable illness, or known anyone whose child died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent about vaccinating, but such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results. We feel that those who do not vaccinate are taking advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children, which decreases the likelihood that their child will contract one of these diseases.
Refusal of vaccinations indicates a significant difference of philosophy of care in our doctor-patient relationship. Please recognize that by not vaccinating you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness and disability, and even death. If you are unwilling to obtain the required vaccines for your child despite all our efforts, we will with great reluctance send you a letter discharging your child(ren) from our care and ask you to find another healthcare provider who shares your views. We do not keep a list of such providers nor would we recommend any such physician. It is our hope that no patient is discharged from our practice due to vaccine refusal.
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.
The Staff of Coastal Pediatrics