Children Being Refused as Patients by Pediatricians if Not Vaccinated!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 1:40pm.

 

Vaccines

Vaccines... It's a topic that can start heated debates and end even the dearest of friendships. Apparently, it can also mean you can't get treated by a doctor.

In a movement that's sweeping across the nation, more and more frustrated pediatricians are refusing to treat new patients and "firing" existing ones whose parents choose not to abide by the CDC's recommended vaccine schedule.  

While parents continue to voice their concerns about the safety of vaccines, doctors are taking matters into their own hands and implementing strict policies about treating only those patients who receive their shots.  

It's a move that further widens the chasm between opposing camps on the controversial vaccine issue

"I grew up with a mother in the medical field and vaccinations were just something you did; you didn't question them or the doctors." says Venessa Marquez, an Orange County mom.

"Our daughter Haley is fully vaccinated and she didn't have any problems. If doctors are trying to protect their patients, then they have a right to enforce these kinds of policies. Of course, I would probably feel differently had Haley suffered complications as a result of vaccines."

Nicole Fitch, a mom of three from Anaheim Hills, also believes that vaccines are needed, though she says that "it's up to the parents to make the choice whether or not to vaccinate their kids and I don't think it's fair for a doctor to refuse treatment of a child who is not immunized."

Amber Ayers, whose oldest son Xavier is 8 and moderately autistic, says she was mocked by her former pediatrician when she wanted to wait on her younger son's vaccinations.

"I feel that doctors are supposed to educate us and help us choose the best paths for our children," Ayers said. "Insulting us for wanting to question what we put in our children's bodies won't help people become any more confident in the medical system at all."

She's since found a doctor in San Clemente who is more aligned with her personal belief system and couldn't be happier.

"Our doctor believes shots are fine but respects our choices and informed us what they were."

Regardless of personal views on the safety of vaccines, it's important to find a doctor who is not only willing to address parents' fears and concerns, but respects their right to choose what they think is right for their child.

Doctors who make their strict policies known to existing and potential patients may be saving themselves and parents unnecessary stress by eliminating any doubt as whether or not they are willing to compromise when it comes to immunizations.

More importantly however, is the role of parents. 

Do your research, know your rights, and if you find that the medical professional  you've entrusted with your child's care is bullying you into making a decision you aren't comfortable with, do yourself, and your child, a favor - and fire them.

 

Jo Ashline - July 13, 2011 - OCRegister

 

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