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The pediatricians and nurse practitioners at PHCA strongly encourage the routine childhood vaccine schedule as endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Scientific evidence proves that childhood vaccines protect children from contagious and preventable diseases. Children who do not receive immunizations are susceptible to potentially devastating illnesses such as measles, meningitis, and whooping cough. They also present a risk to the other children in our waiting rooms and in the community at large. The potential consequences of these preventable diseases include hospitalization, mechanical ventilation, seizures, brain damage, and even death.
Misinformation available in the media, including many Internet sites, has made some families fearful of vaccines. We understand the difficulty parents have in sorting through the vast quantities of data on vaccine safety, and are here to help guide that process by providing links to reliable sources:
For information about the immunization schedule: http://www.aap.org/immunization
For Vaccine Information Statements (VIS): http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/Pubs/vis/default.htm
For information about vaccine safety: http://vaccine.chop.edu
For information about vaccine-preventable illness: http://www.vaccineinformation.org
We are always willing to work with your family regarding vaccinations and to answer any medical or vaccine related questions you may have. Please feel free to discuss your concerns with your child's primary pediatrician at your next visit.