Redbud Pediatrics Immunization Philosophy

Patients and their families often have questions about immunizations. Many people worry about the possible side effects of vaccines and if their child or adolescent really needs all of those shots. There is a lot of misinformation on the internet, making it hard to find a trustworthy source of advice. At Redbud Pediatrics, our pediatricians are happy to answer your questions about immunizations. This letter is to communicate our beliefs clearly to the families we care for, and to provide you with good sources of information about immunizations. 

We firmly believe in the safety of vaccines. We firmly believe, based on all available scientific studies, that vaccines do not cause autism. We recommend that all children and young adults should receive all of the vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

We are dedicated to helping you keep your child as healthy as possible. We also feel a great responsibility to the health of all children and young adults in our community. Some individuals in our practice and in our community cannot get vaccinated. This may be because they are newborn infants who aren’t old enough to receive immunizations yet, are on chemotherapy to treat their cancer, or have a transplanted organ or other serious medical condition that requires them to take powerful medicines that decrease their immune systems. These individuals may be your newborn nephew, your great aunt with breast cancer, your neighbor with a liver transplant, or the person who sits in front of you at church or school. These individuals depend on those people around them to be vaccinated, because they are the most likely to suffer severely if they are exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease. We ALL share a social responsibility to protect these people in our community.

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 of you have never seen or known of a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox. This success can make us feel complacent or even lazy about vaccinating. Such an attitude may lead to tragic results. Europe and parts of the United States are currently experiencing a resurgance of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough.

We firmly believe that vaccinating the children and young adults in our practice may be the single most important health-promoting care we do as health care providers. If you have doubts or questions about vaccines, your child's doctor is happy to talk with you. Please use the resources below as reliable sources of information about vaccines. 

Resources
Children's Hospital of Philadephia
Texas Children's Hospital
CDC: Centers for Disease Control
Families Fighting Flu
Vaccines and the Diseases they Prevent
vaccinateyourbaby.org
JAMA Patient Page - 1 page summary
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