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Policy Statement on Immunizations

We, at Desert Shores Pediatrics, strongly believe in the effectiveness of immunizing children to prevent serious and life-threatening illnesses.  We strongly believe our vaccines are safe.  We strongly recommend all infants, children, and adolescents receive all the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control.  We strongly believe, based on research and evidence-based medicine, that vaccines do not cause autism or developmental disabilities.

As the twentieth century came to a close, immunizations were declared one of the greatest public health achievements in the United States.  The recommended vaccines and the schedule by which they are given are the result of years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

Vaccines, in some respect, have become a victim of their own success. Many people have never seen a child with whooping cough, polio, tetanus, bacterial meningitis, measles, or even chicken pox.  Nor do you know or hear of children dying from these diseases in the United States. These vaccine preventable diseases could become more prevalent if people become complacent about immunizing their children.

In general, public support for the United States vaccine program remains overwhelmingly strong.  However, not vaccinating your child or vaccinating your child according to your personal vaccine schedule is taking advantage of the families that do vaccinate. Unvaccinated children are less likely to contract a vaccine preventable disease because of the majority of children who are vaccinated.

Although the majority of children in the United States are vaccinated, we are an international country with people traveling in and out daily from around the world. Children who are unvaccinated could be exposed to travelers with vaccine preventable diseases like measles, rubella, chicken pox, whooping cough, polio, Haemophilus and pneumococcal illnesses including meningitis.  This exact scenario is what led to the recent 2008 outbreak of measles in both Pima County, Arizona and San Diego, California.  This preventable outbreak resulted in many sick children and adults as well as an incredible amount of time and money for our health departments to contain the outbreak.  Not only can unvaccinated children easily contract these diseases, but also they can then expose partially vaccinated younger children resulting in significant disease, disability, or death.  Not vaccinating puts your child and those around you at risk for these preventable diseases.

We at Desert Shores Pediatrics would never recommend immunizations for your child that we would not be willing to give to our own children.  We believe that vaccinating your child according to the recommended schedule that has been studied extensively by medical experts is very important and absolutely the right thing to do.  If you have further questions or concerns, please discuss them with any of our health care providers.

CDC RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE

AGE

IMMUNIZATIONS

Birth

Hepatitis B (Should receive in hospital)

1 month

Hepatitis B

2 month

DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV-13, Rota Virus

4 month

DTaP, Hib, IPV, PCV-13, Rota Virus

6 month

DTaP, Hib, PCV-13, Rota Virus, TB Screening

9 month

Hepatitis B, IPV

12 month

MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Hemoglobin Check for Anemia, TB Screening

15 month

DTaP, Hib, PCV-13

18 month

Hepatitis A, TB Screening

24 month

Immunization Catch Up

3 year

Immunization Catch Up, TB Screening Annually

4 year

DTap, IPV, MMR, Varicella, TB Screening Annually

5 year

Immunization Catch Up, TB Screening Annually

11 year

Meningococcal, Tdap, HPV, TB Screening Annually

16 year

Meningococcal, TB Screening Annually

FALL

Influenza Vaccine Yearly

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