The vaccination campaign that most medical professionals continue to support seems to be a victim of its own success. Vaccines for decades have been tremendously effective at preventing serious illnesses, and it is due to this fact that parents are constantly in discussion to whether or not they should vaccinate their children. Because of these vaccines, we rarely hear about any massive epidemics or outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases. Such success can make one disregard the significance of these vaccines, but if this mentality becomes widespread, it can lead to these drastic epidemics or outbreaks. We cannot take for granted that we have a very high vaccination rate here in the United States; we can only continue to work at maintaining the highly successful methods that the medical field has been implementing for decades.
Over the past several years, we have heard of cases in Europe where parents have chosen to not vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine. There was a publication of an unsupported claim stating that the vaccines containing the mercury based preservative, thimerosal, was thought to cause the onset of Autism or worsen it. This claim was later retracted due to its false nature, but as a result of under-immunization, there have been reports of measles outbreaks in Europe as well as several deaths due to complications in the past several years. These outbreaks are becoming common in the United States as well.
We would like our parents to be aware of the fact that at Glendora Pediatric Medical Group, we use preservative free vaccinations for those immunizations that allow it.
As qualified medical professionals, our Doctors stand by the following:
We believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers.
We believe in the efficacy of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
We believe in the safety of our vaccines, and through evidence and current studies, we believe that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disorders or disabilities.
We 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 understand as parents, how difficult it is to watch our children receive multiple injections at one time. As time passes, there have been further medical advances in creating combination vaccines. There is plenty of medical research done by the top scientists and physicians to restore confidence in the fact that although receiving multiple injections at once is stressful, it is not overwhelming to the immune system of your child.
Please be advised that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death).
We welcome you to express any doubt or concern in regards to this topic to one of our providers. They are always here to listen with the utmost open-minded and understanding attitude. Thank you for your time in reading our vaccine recommendations