Family First Primary Care Vaccine Policy Statement

Because of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox. We are fortunate to have extraordinary scientists that have and continue to create lifesaving vaccinations for adults, children and generations to follow.

We believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives. We believe in the safety of our vaccines. We believe that all children and young adults should receive the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We believe that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.

When you choose to not vaccinate, you are taking a significant risk with your child’s health and the health of others.

Our goal is not to frighten you or coerce you, but to educate and emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to help you understand that vaccinating according to the CDC schedule is the right thing to do.

Because we are committed to protecting the health of your children through vaccination, we do require all of our patients be vaccinated. If you decide to not vaccinate your child despite our recommendations, we respectfully will ask you to find another healthcare practice that shares your views. As medical professionals, we feel strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is the right thing to do to protect all children and young adults.

Thank you for taking the time to read our policy. Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us.