The majority support vaccination choice according to a Harris Poll commissioned by the Center for Personal Rights, yet this morning MDCVC gets another message about local pediatric giant, Annapolis Pediatrics denying care if you refuse to follow the CDC vaccination schedule and their policy.
Annapolis Pediatrics fully complies with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended immunization schedules.
The Annapolis Pediatrics website states,”We firmly believe 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. The recommended vaccines and their schedule given 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 following list comprises the diseases we vaccinate against. Please click on them for more information about each vaccine as outlined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
Vaccine Policy of Annapolis Pediatrics
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 Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, 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 health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule given 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.
These being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination. Indeed, Benjamin Franklin, persuaded by his brother, was opposed to smallpox vaccine until scientific data convinced him otherwise. Tragically, he had delayed inoculating his favorite son Franky, who contracted smallpox and died at the age of 4, leaving Ben with a lifetime of guilt and remorse. Quoting Mr. Franklin’s autobiography:
In 1736, I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox…I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it, my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.
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 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 publication of an unfounded suspicion (later retracted) that the vaccine caused autism. As a result of underimmunization, there have been small outbreaks of measles and several deaths from complications of measles in Europe over the past several years. In 2008 we have begun to see cases of measles in several pockets throughout the United States as well.
Furthermore, by not vaccinating your child you are taking selfish advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children which decreases the likelihood that your child will contract one of these diseases. We feel such an attitude to be self-centered and unacceptable.
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. 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 Annapolis Pediatrics. Such additional visits will 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.
Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health care provider who 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.
As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. We would like you to know that those of us in the practice who have children of our own have had them fully vaccinated following the established schedule. 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 Physicians and Nurse Practitioners of Annapolis Pediatrics, P.A.
Dwight Fortier, M.D. Samuel. Libber, M.D. Katherine Edwards, M.D. Stanley Weimer, M.D. James Rice, M.D. Margaret Turner, M.D. Charles Parmele, M.D. Sefanit Fassil, M.D. Jennifer Corder, M.D. Dana Kim, M.D.
John McGrath, M.D. Mark Lester, M.D. Anita Weissburg, C.P.N.P. Gwyn Reece, C.P.N.P. Julia Caschera, C.P.N.P. Kay Gingell, C.P.N.P Roseanne Thompson, C.P.N.P Linda Murray, C.P.N.P. Gina Friel, C.P.N.P Ann Purcell, C.P.N.P.
We initially reported on refusal of care in January 29,2009.
The 1736 story of the child dying of smallpox is devastating, but should be updated with information from this generation. The United States is the most vaccinated country in the globe and our children are paying with their chronic health conditions, vaccine reactions and death. View some recent personal stories here.
You may have also heard about the Redskins Cheerleader that suffered a severe reaction from the flu shot last year.
Unfortunately the denial of vaccine reactions and your human right to choose happens all over our country. We do however have wonderful doctors and health care providers that have taken the time to research information for themselves instead of following along with organizations that are funded by the companies that make the vaccinations.
Enlightened physicians will consult with you regarding your concerns, tell you about the dangers of vaccinations and educate you about the diseases as well as offer you alternatives if you are not comfortable with vaccinations or the amount of vaccinations given at one time.
Annapolis Pediatrics is a private practice, they are entitled to their policy, however you should never be forced or feel pressured to do anything or take any medication without full disclosure and informed consent.
Parents want research on vaccine safety. Thankfully there are numerous physicians and researchers such as Neil Z. Miller that offer unbiased information to help you make the choice that is best for you and your family.
The Vaccine Safety Manual, by medical researcher Neil Z. Miller is written for all parents, physicians and health care providers and offers comprehensive and scientific information about the vaccinations and diseases. You can also visit the International Medical Counsel on Vaccination for more information from outspoken physicians.
We at MDCVC firmly believe that Annapolis Pediatrics does not have all the information in regards to vaccination. We firmly believe all drugs may result in side effects, serious injury or death. We firmly believe in your right to be informed. We firmly believe that you know what is best for your family. We firmly believe that doctors and manufactures that hold zero liability should not be pressuring you, or turning you away from sincere care. We firmly believe that you should not sign a refusal to vaccinate form. We firmly believe that name calling is unnecessary. We firmly believe that there are alternatives to help protect you other than pharmaceutical drugs. We firmly believe in your personal rights.
As our friend Dr. Tenpenny has written, Health does not come through a needle.
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