Our office prides itself on its ability to work harmoniously with almost all families including people of diverse backgrounds, variable interests and often eclectic approaches to life and to healthcare. We try to meet our families where they are with the goal of walking alongside them and serving as their trusted guides. One area, however, in which we have little flexibility, is in the area of vaccinations. We wholeheartedly support the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control that the current vaccine schedule is both safe and protective.
For this reason, we require all families to adhere to our standard vaccination policy. This policy ensures the children we care for individually are not at risk for contracting serious illnesses and that all families who are part of our practice can be assured that their child will not be exposed to or contract a vaccine preventable illness while they are being seen in our office.
Senders Pediatrics Vaccination Policy
The vaccines below are required by all Senders Pediatrics patients:
- 3 doses of DTaP by the first birthday, 1 booster dose by the second birthday.
- 3 doses of Prevnar 13 (pneumococcal meningitis vaccine) by the first birthday, 1 booster dose by the second birthday.
- 2 doses of Haemophilus Influenza – PedvaxHIB (HIB meningitis vaccine) by the first birthday, 1 booster dose by the second birthday.
- 1 dose of MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) by the second birthday.
- Patients who join our practice after the first birthday will have 6 months to obtain the initial group of vaccines.
We respect your right to not vaccinate your children. However, we believe that not doing so, puts your child at risk for many serious diseases including whooping and measles. Moreover, since the protection of others who may be immuno-compromised or too young to be effectively protected depends on the “herd effect”, meaning that most others are properly vaccinated, your decision not to vaccinate puts other children at some risk.
We are happy to work with families who agree to our vaccination policy but may want an alternative vaccination schedule for their child. Note our willingness to defer vaccination on polio, hepatitis A and B, chicken pox, meningitis, influenza and the human papilloma virus (HPV). These families will be asked to formalize a plan with their provider by their child’s 2 month well visit.