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Vaccinations

At Oakhurst Pediatrics, we believe that vaccines are a safe, effective, and essential way to protect your children and our community from serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.

We believe that children should be vaccinated according to the schedule outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. This schedule is the result of years of scientific research, testing, and safety monitoring. The majority of immunizations are given to children in infancy because it is precisely during this period that children are most vulnerable to serious illnesses.

  • Oakhurst Pediatrics believes that vaccines are a safe, effective, and essential way to protect your children and our community from serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses
  • We follow the schedule outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • We are willing to discuss current data and research with our patients and in some cases will accommodate alternative or delayed immunization schedules
  • Alternative or delayed schedules do go against our medical advice and may put your child and the community at unnecessary risk for preventable diseases
  • Alternative or delayed schedules may require additional office visits and may incur additional copays and fees

Because immunizations are so highly effective, many serious diseases are no longer considered a real threat to children in this country. However, as more and more parents choose not to immunize their children, the incidence of many of these diseases is on the rise. As diseases reemerge vulnerable populations, such as newborns and those with autoimmune and other health issues are placed at direct risk by children who are not immunized. We feel that the best way to protect your children and our communities is to immunize healthy children completely and on schedule.

We believe that immunizations are safe and that the numerous studies done on vaccine safety have proven this to be the case. We do recognize, however, that many parents have concerns about the safety of vaccines for their children. There are many websites that present information that is both unscientific and unsubstantiated, and that, in our opinion, preys on the fears and vulnerabilities of parents. We are always willing to review studies or websites with you and will be glad to go through the data together. If after discussing this information with your provider, you are still uncomfortable with immunizing according to the CDC schedule, we are willing to accommodate alternative or delayed schedules.

Please understand that alternative or delayed immunization schedules go against our medical advice and may put your child and the community at unnecessary risk for preventable diseases. These types of schedules may require additional office visits and may incur additional copays and fees. If you choose to completely refuse all immunizations, we would ask you to seriously consider whether Oakhurst Pediatrics, where our providers believe in and strongly encourage vaccination, is the right fit for your family.