We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives, and we firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines. All children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention that we perform as health providers and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and the schedule of their administration are the results of years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
It is for these reasons that Kids First Pediatric Partners requires all parents to vaccinate their children according to the recommended schedule. While we are happy to answer questions and discuss the safety and efficacy of the vaccines, if parents chose to deviate from the accepted schedule and to delay beginning routine vaccination by the time their child is 4 months old, they will be discharged from our group and be expected to find a different primary care source.
We encourage any parent who wants to learn more to visit the following websites with reliable, scientific information to explain all aspects of vaccines – from manufacturing, to how they work to protect children, to data regarding safety and efficacy.
Find vaccine education here:
American Academy of Pediatrics – Dedicated to the health of all children. Its website provides reliable and authoritative advice on a variety of child health issues, including immunizations.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Vaccines – Provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines.
Immunize.org – Creates and distributes educational materials about the delivery of safe and effective immunization services.
VaccinateYourBaby.org – Learn why immunizing your child on time, every time is the right choice.