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Family Pediatricians are Getting Tougher on Parents Who Refuse Vaccines

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A recent article in the USA Today explains that many pediatricians are taking tough stands with parents who are refusing vaccines for their children. According to the article, doctors are growing increasingly frustrated about the “misinformation” regarding the alleged link between autism and the MMR vaccine. While the CDC says there is no correlation between vaccines and autism, many physicians will make attempts to accommodate the parent’s requested vaccine schedule.

Until recent years, there hasn’t been much of a dilemma with vaccines. However, with the autism scare, many parents are becoming increasingly skeptical of vaccine schedules. Instead of following the vaccine schedule provided by the CDC, parents owe it to their children to become informed and to receive sound, medically supportive information from their pediatricians. Furthermore, possible adverse events resulting from the administered vaccine need to be discussed with the parents before the vaccine is given to the child.

This does not just apply to childhood vaccines. Even adults who receive vaccines, including the influenza vaccine, should be advised of the potential adverse events associated with vaccines. Medical studies and peer reviewed journal have documented the potential causal relationship between Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and the influenza vaccine. This potential causal relationship must be discussed before that vaccine is given. Education is the key when given vaccines and the recipient’s informed consent is critical.