Coastal Kids Immunization Policy
Like most pediatricians across the nation, the doctors at Coastal Kids are faced with the dilemma of protecting our patients and community from vaccine preventable illnesses while respecting the personal and religious beliefs of our individual families. At Coastal Kids, we recommend and follow the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) vaccination schedule. However, if a parent requests an alternative schedule, we do our best to work individually with the parent while optimizing the health of the patient and community.
The following is from the AAP:
The American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors should bring up the importance of vaccinations during visits but should respect a parent’s wishes unless there’s a significant risk to the child.
“In general, pediatricians should avoid discharging patients from their practices solely because a parent refuses to immunize his or her child,” according to guidelines issued by the group.
However, if the relationship between patient and doctor becomes unworkable, the pediatrics academy says, the doctor may want to encourage the vaccine refuser to go to another physician.