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Immunization Policy

Vaccine Policy Statement

-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 the children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics
-We firmly believe, based on all available scientific literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerasol, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
-We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important healthpromoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/ caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedules are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
-The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are even discussing whether or not they should be given. Because of vaccines, many have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating. But such an attitude, if it becomes, widespread, can only lead to tragic results.
-Over the past several years, many people in Europe have chosen not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine after publications of an unfounded suspicion (later retracted) that the vaccine caused autism. As a result of under immunization, there have been small outbreaks of measles and several deaths from complications of measles in Europe over the past several years.
-Furthermore, by not vaccinating your child you are taking advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children -We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you 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 convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your health care provider in advance of your visit. Please be advised 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. Such additional visits will require additional copays on your part. Furthermore, please realize that you will be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement in the event of lengthy delays.
-Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health care provider. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician.

Westpark Pediatrics Immunization Schedule
1 Month Hep B #1 15 Month MMR#1 Varivax #1
2 Month DTaP #1
Hib #1
Prevnar #1
Rota #1
18 Month DTaP #4
Hib #4
IPV #3
3 Month HepB #2
IPV #1
Rota #2
2 Year HepA #2
4 Month DTap #2
Hib #2
Prevnar #2
4-6 Year DTaP #5
IPV #4
MMR #2
Varivax #2
6 Month DTaP #3
Hib #3
Prevnar #3
Rota #3
11-12 Yr Tdap
Meningococcal vaccine
HPV series
8 Month or 10 Mo IPV #2
Hep B#3
1 Year Prevnar #4
Hep A #1
Mantoux (TB skin test)

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