Our Stance: Vaccines are safe and effective- Spread the word
Vaccines save lives
As medical professionals, we confirm that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. We confirm that based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We confirm that that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. All of our own children have received each and every recommended vaccine according to the recommended schedule. We would be happy to discuss concerns or questions, and would be happy to share information based on scientific study and data-gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
In order to protect our current patients who for medical reasons are unable to be vaccinated, we will no longer be accepting any patients that do not vaccinate. If you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to consider finding a different practice that shares your views. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician. Please recognize that by not vaccinating you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness and disability, and even death.
Questions? Check out the vaccine information sheets here:
Top ten reasons to immunize
- Parents want to do everything possible to make sure their children are healthy and protected from preventable diseases.Vaccination is the best way to do that.
- Vaccination protects children from serious illness and complications of vaccine preventable diseases which can include amputation of an arm or leg, paralysis of limbs, hearing loss, convulsions, brain damage, and death.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough, are still a threat. They continue to infect U.S. children, resulting in hospitalizations and deaths every year.
- Though vaccination has led to a dramatic decline in the number of U.S. cases of several infectious diseases, some of these diseases are quite common in other countries and are brought to the U.S. by international travelers. If children are not vaccinated, they could easily get one of these diseases from a traveler or while traveling themselves.
- Outbreaks of preventable diseases occur when many parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
- Vaccination is safe and effective. All vaccines undergo long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to make sure they are safe.
- Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all strongly support protecting children with recommended vaccinations.
- Vaccination protects others you care about, including family members, friends, and grandparents.
- If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread disease to other children who are too young to be vaccinated or to people with weakened immune systems, such as transplant recipients and people with cancer. This could result in long-term complications and even death for these vulnerable people.
- We all have a public health commitment to our communities to protect each other and each other’s children by vaccinating our own family members.
Source: Immunization Action Coalition, Top ten reasons to immunize
Children's Hospital of Philidelphia informational booklets
Routine Vaccination Schedule