It is the policy of Bee Well Pediatrics that all children and young adults should receive all of the required vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Council on Immunization Practices. We also highly encourage all the recommended vaccines published in that same schedule. The recommended vaccines and their schedule are the results of many years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of scientists and physicians.
Our goal is to help parents understand the importance of vaccines and to avoid the medical complications or death of their child due to preventable illness.
Because of vaccines, many parents have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chicken pox. Such success can make us complacent about vaccination. But such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can lead to disease outbreak and tragic results.
We recognize that the choice to vaccinate may be a very emotional one for some parents. If you have questions or concerns you wish to discuss with us, please make an appointment in advance of your well check to allow adequate time to address your concerns.
If you are considering an alternate schedule, we will work with you with the shared goal of protecting your child from preventable disease. Parents who wish to not vaccinate at all will be asked to find another health care provider. We will also ask you to sign a refusal to vaccinate from the American Academy of Pediatrics and locate another provider for medical care within 60 days of the office visit. Please recognize that by refusing vaccination, we believe you are putting your child and other children in our practice and community at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness, disability, and even death.