Vaccine Policy

Family Medicine Associates Vaccine Policy

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.

We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.  We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. 

We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.  The recommended vaccines and the vaccine schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.  As physicians, we have committed our lives to doing everything we can to provide the highest care possible for our patients and immunization is a key component of that commitment. 

Vaccines are so successful at preventing illness, most parents have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis and chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases.  Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating.

But such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results.  When you don’t vaccinate, you take a significant risk with your child’s health and the health of others around them such as newborns or children undergoing cancer treatments.

We want to provide every parent with the proven, medical evidence that supports vaccination and eliminates the unfounded fears recently and mistakenly attached to vaccination.  We recognize the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents.  We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do.  However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your healthcare provider in advance of your visit.  In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations.  Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or event death) and goes against our medical advice as providers at Family Medicine Associates, PA.  Please realize that you will also be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement in the event of lengthy delays. 

Because we are committed to protecting the health of your children through vaccination, we require all of our patients to be vaccinated.  Infants will receive all age-appropriate recommended vaccines by three months of age, with additional recommended vaccines as well as booster doses by two years of age.  Children will receive additional recommended booster doses by the time they are seven years old, and will be given recommended 11-12 year preteen vaccinations by the time they are 13 years old.  We will complete 16-year teen vaccinations before each child’s 17th birthday.  And, we recommend all patients receive an annual influenza vaccination.

Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to find another health-care provider who shares your views.  If you do not trust your physician on this essential point of care, it will impact other areas of medical recommendation as well.  Please recognize that by not vaccinating, you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness and disability, and even death.

As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating your child on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do to protect all children and young adults.  Thank you for taking the time to read this policy.  Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you have about vaccines with any one of us. 

Nathan Bloom, MD, Loree Cordova, MD, Jean Schrader, MD, Dan Severa, MD

Stacey Anderson, PA-C, Brianne Cook, PA-C, Sara Holmes, PA-C, Heather Bridgens, PA-C,

Anna Ruelberg, PA-C , Michelle Lackamp, PA-C