Eureka Pediatrics wants to ensure all our patients, as well and the community at large, are as healthy as possible. One of the most important public health advancements has been the development of vaccinations, so we strongly believe that all children should become immunized. Because of vaccines, many diseases have been eliminated or have become uncommon, including polio, smallpox, diphtheria and tetanus. Even in the last few years, we have seen reductions in meningitis and pneumonia due to vaccines. Scientific research has consistently and overwhelmingly shown that vaccines are not only effective but safe. To not have a child vaccinated not only puts that child at risk, but everyone with whom he or she comes into contact. That includes family members, classmates and other children in our waiting room. Alternate or limited vaccination schedules have no benefits and can cause harm by leaving children vulnerable to deadly diseases. Vaccines Save lives!

Immunizations have been one of the single greatest advances in preventative medicine and an essential part of well-child care. Our practice follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). We do not recommend or endorse any alternate immunization schedules and in fact, highly discourage them. The current immunization schedule has been rigourously studied by experts in the field of infectious diseases and is the optimal schedule available.

Immunizations are safe AND effective. There is not nor ever has been any data to link them to causing any disease or other medical condition.

For information about these vaccines, the diseases they protect against, immunization schedules, vaccine safety and other important information please visit the AAP’s immunization page.

Other sites to visit:

Center for Disease Control

Children's Hospital Philadelphia

Vaccines 2017

Vaccines are undeniably the most important public health intervention of the 20th century. Because of vaccines we no longer see patient’s with poliomyelitis, smallpox, diphtheria, or tetanus, and very few with such diseases as pneumonia and meningitis or rotavirus gastroenteritis. Our local hospital frequently has no pediatric inpatients. Scientific research has consistently and overwhelmingly proven that vaccines are not only effective but also safe. Alternate or limited vaccination schedules have absolutely no benefits and can cause harm by leaving children vulnerable to deadly diseases.

To this end, we can no longer support the delaying or refusing of the approved AAP/ACIP vaccination schedule and effective 6/5/14 we will no longer be scheduling well visits for families that refuse or delay vaccinations. We have not come to this decision without significant reflection. We feel this action represents the strongest message we can send on this issue.

A doctor-patient relationship is built on trust: Trust that we have been trained well, that we follow the most up to date scientific evidence, and that we will recommend the best care for each child. When a family does not trust the physician’s judgment or recommendations, the relationship is broken.

We will be more than happy to work with any family that wishes to complete the full vaccination schedule on an appropriate accelerated schedule.

Suzanne Dietz, PNP – effective April 1, 2015