Immunizations are a very important part of your child’s health and a very important part of safeguarding the health of future generations. Immunizations save lives not only in this generation, but as well, in future generations. Immunizations are not only important for your child’s health, but as well for your grandchildren’s and their grandchildren’s health. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
“We don’t vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren….If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and meningitis won’t infect, cripple, or kill children. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases”
Take the case of Small Pox for example. Due to vaccinations we were able to “stop the leak in the boat” and eradicate Small Pox. Children today do not need to be vaccinated for Small Pox due to the fact that parents of the past vaccinated their children.
At West Bloomfield Pediatrics it is our goal to safeguard the lives of as many children as possible, in this generation and in generations to come. For this reason we strongly recommend that parents immunize their children at the times recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control. It is incredibly important to understand that parents who delay vaccinating their children are placing their children, any children that come in contact with their children, and children of future generations at risk for contracting deadly diseases.
Due to the serious side effects that can occur if one fails to receive immunizations in a timely manner, it is our office policy that any parent refusing to immunize their child/children sign a waiver at each visit where these children could receive any and all vaccines, however do not receive the vaccines, due to a parents refusal to comply with our recommendation.
If for any reason you have concerns about vaccinating your child please feel free to bring these issues up with our Physicians so that we can allay any and all of your fears and concerns. We are more than happy to educate you as to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC research and literature regarding immunizations, alert you to any misinformation you may have come across on the internet, television, or heard by word of mouth, and impart upon you the safety and importance of immunizations for our generations children and the children of generations to come.