Vaccines are safe and effective. They are the most well studied medication given to children worldwide. They are given at particular ages based on the development of the immune system and the diseases that affect children at key points in their growth. We follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines which are very similar to those of other developed and developing nations and nearly identical in the first year of life from Mexico to Canada to Australia, India and the United Kingdom.
If you have concerns regarding vaccines, please discuss them with us. We have been around long enough to remember some of the diseases they prevent and to have witnessed how they have improved the lives of children. Although we do not think it is rational, we can work with families who believe in vaccines but only want to give one vaccination per visit or follow a slightly modified schedule. If you do not follow the recommended schedule, your schedule must be approved by your doctor and documented in the chart. Because you will be deviating from our standard of practice, you will need to be vigilant in making sure we do not inadvertently provide the typically scheduled vaccines.
The CDC vaccination schedule provides a window of time for the completion of various vaccines. In cases of international travel, this schedule might need to be accelerated slightly depending on your destination. The state of Ohio mandates vaccines for daycare attendance
If you decide not to vaccinate your child, we cannot help you find another provider but will care for your child for thirty days until you can find a doctor who shares your philosophy.