Children First Pediatrics follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For information about these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm
For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/
Our Immunization Philosophy
Children First Pediatrics is dedicated to providing the highest quality of evidence-based medical care to our patients. The practitioners at Children First Pediatrics feel that immunizations are an essential part of high quality care for children. Proper immunizations protect the health of the individual child, and protect everyone in the community as a whole. When you immunize your child, you are not only protecting your child from serious disease, but you are also helping to protect your entire community.
We understand that many parents have concerns about immunizations; however, as physicians we feel there is no strong scientific evidence to withhold immunizations from your child, unless medically contraindicated. Given our philosophy, for the health of your child and for the health of the community at large, we feel that any decision to not immunize your child, or to alter the evidence-based vaccine schedule, is not compatible with a trusting physician-patient relationship we value in our office. Because we believe that any decision to not immunize or to significantly alter the vaccine schedule puts your child at risk for preventable diseases and increases the health risks for our youngest patients, Children First Pediatrics reserves the right to respectfully decline or discharge under-immunized patients from our practice.
Our physicians are happy to discuss this policy with you.
Our Vaccine Philosophy
Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention.
We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child's next visit.
Recommended Immunization Schedule
- 0-6 Years -Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years | 2011
- 7-18 Years-Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years | 2011
- Catch-up Schedule -Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind | 2011
Vaccine Safety: The Facts Safety facts on vaccines from the AAP