Colorado... Vaccine Pushing Doctor Tells Parents... 'Vaccinate Your Child or Find Another Doctor'!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Fri, 03/11/2011 - 6:06pm.

When parents refuse to vaccinate their children one doctor reluctantly shows them the door. ~ Video

Andrew Lieber, a paediatrician with Rose Paediatrics in Denver, tries to convince his clients to see the benefits of immunisation but if they still refuse he takes a very hard line.


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Policy: Dr Andrew Lieber, a paediatrician in Denver won't treat children if their parents refuse to vaccinate them


'By four months, if I can't help you come to terms with the scientific fact that vaccines are helpful, then I've done about all I can do to educate you,' he told MedPage Today.

'I feel like I have a bigger responsibility to all the other kids walking through my waiting room.'

Dr Lieber said he has to turn people away because of the vaccination issue a couple of times a year.

He's not the only one.

According to the American Academy of Paediatrics many physicians say they see colleagues refusing to treat children who have not been vaccinated.

In an Academy survey from 2001 23 per cent said of medical practitioners said they 'always' or 'sometimes' tell parents to go elsewhere if they refuse to have their child vaccinated.

The Academy has said it is ethical to dismiss patients who refuse to get their children vaccinated and even offers a clinical guideline and online help on how to handle the issue.

Others say the opposite because it punishes the wrong party.

Samuel Katz, MD, of Duke University, says it wasn't right to refuse seeing a child 'because it is the parent who is the problem, whereas the child merits medical care.'

To vaccinate or not is a constant source of conflict.

In what will certainly become a test case for vaccine manufactures, the Supreme Court last month ruled in favour of a drugs company over the family of a disabled girl who said she had suffered seizures and permanent brain damage after receiving a diptheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine in 1993.

There is also an anti-vaccine movement who believe vaccinations cause autism, brain damage and other ailments.

Dr Lieber started his strict policy around 11 years ago 'after an unvaccinated family walked into my waiting room with chicken pox.'

However he insists he's not refusing to see patients. 'I'm begging to treat the patients,' he says, 'but the parents are refusing to let me.'

Many doctors think the British researcher Andrew Wakefield is to blame for parents not wanting to vaccinate their children.

Wakefield's studies linking the MMR vaccine with autism have recently been discredited.

Most researchers agree that immunisation is one of the greatest medical advances of our time.

David Cronin, MD, a paediatrician with Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, agrees.



2010 saw the worst outbreak of whooping cough or pertussis in the U.S. for 50 years.

More than 21,000 U.S. residents were diagnosed with the disease last year, according to the CDC.

California reported 8,300 cases, the most of any states.

At least 26 people died of the disease including 10 children in California.

Approximately 95 per cent of U.S. children have been given the three-shot vaccination series against whooping cough but because the updated 'booster'  vaccine was not licensed until 2005 it is thought many teenagers and adults are not fully immunised.

Whooping cough is an endemic disease found worldwide. 

In the U.S. outbreaks occur every three to five years.

It can be fatal, though this is not common.

Most deaths occur in babies under six months who have not completed primary immunisations.


'Vaccination has provided relief of diseases such as polio, smallpox, and the various viral chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough) and bacteriologic pneumonia, flu, meningitis - diseases that once plagued small children - and has contributed in immeasurable ways to the improvement of humanity,' he said.


March 6, 2011 - DailyMailUK


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