Our Vaccine Beliefs
Because of vaccines, most parents today have never seen a child suffer from polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, measles, nor the serious consequences of chicken pox. Few have had a family member die of a vaccine preventable disease. Ironically, because vaccines have been so effective, it is easy to underestimate their importance. Unfortunately, as vaccine rates drop, we have seen a reemergence of these illnesses.
We believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We provide all recommended vaccines and those required by the South Carolina Department of Health for school. Additionally, we participate in the VAFAC (Vaccine Assurance for All Children) program.
We believe in the safety of our vaccines. All of the children of our providers and staff have been vaccinated in accordance with recommended schedules.
Recommended vaccines and their schedules given are the result of years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of expert scientists and physicians.
We do not believe that vaccines cause autism nor other developmental disabilities. We do not believe that thimersol, a preservative used for decades causes autisms nor other developmental disabilities. Our office has used thimersol free vaccines* for our infants and young children since 1991. Despite the removal of thimersol from most vaccines, the incidence of autism continues to increase.
When you choose not to vaccinate your child, your child is placed at risk.
Not vaccinating your child puts your child at an unnecessary risk for life threatening illness and disability, or even death. Equally, not vaccinating your child places all other children who are either too young or too sick to be vaccinated, such as children with cancer, at risk as well.
We welcome and encourage discussions regarding your child’s vaccinations. As medical professionals, we use evidence based medicine, and we believe very strongly that vaccinating your child on schedule is the best choice. Should you choose not to vaccinate as recommended, you will still be provided with the vaccine information and will be required to sign a vaccine declination form at each visit in which vaccines are scheduled.
*Seasonal flu vaccines for older children contain trace amounts of thimersol
Vaccine Safety Links
The following are reliable immunization Resources for Parents:
AAP’s Childhood Immunization Support Program (CISP)
The Immunization Education Program (IEP) of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Immunization Program
National Network of Immunization Information (NNii)
Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University
The Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness and Promotion (CCIAP)
Vaccinate Your Baby