A Note From Dr. Rich
"I recommend the immunization schedule of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which is also the schedule endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. There is no evidence that this immunization schedule is not in the best interest of most infants. However, I do understand that parents are concerned with giving so many vaccinations.
As a physician, I stress the importance of parents being informed of evidence-based healthcare information and safety for their child. It's my job to inform parents about available protection for your child against preventable diseases. Once I've done my best to inform parents, it's the parent's job to make decisions about their child's preventative healthcare.
Because of my understanding of parents' concerns, if a parent is more comfortable following an alternate vaccine schedule, I'm willing to work with the parents. I am familiar with the Dr. Sears schedules and others. I believe in informed choice, personal responsibility and respecting the parents decision.
However, it is the policy of this office to have patients' parent sign Sunshine Pediatrics Vaccine Policy when they become patients of this office. A parent must also sign the American Academy of Pediatrics Refusal to Vaccinate Form every time they decline a CDC/AAP scheduled vaccine. This policy is non-negotiable. We do not take patients who challenge our policy and will discharge patients from the practice if this policy is not complied with."