Effective January 1, 2017, Decatur Pediatric Group will no longer participate in “Alternative” Vaccine Schedules or the opting out of recommended vaccines by parents/guardians.
Decatur Pediatric Group goal is to provide quality, comprehensive care. One of the most important services we provide our patients is vaccinations against life threatening diseases. We strongly agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that childhood vaccines are critical to maintaining healthy children and communities. As your child’s pediatrician we feel that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all our newborns, children, and teens.
Our policy is that:
- We adhere to the AAP immunization guidelines that are available at http://www2.aap.org/immunization/izschedule.html. You may also ask anyone in our office for a copy of the AAP immunization schedule.
- Children must receive all vaccines recommended by the AAP that are mandated for school entry by the state of Georgia.
- Children must begin receiving their immunizations by age 2 months.
- We do not follow “alternative” vaccine schedules. Any parents who refuse to adhere to the AAP recommended vaccine schedule without medical reasons to do so may be discharged from our practice following a 30 day written notice from Decatur Pediatric Group.
Our providers welcome discussion about our vaccine policy with any of our families. We hope you understand we have created this vaccine policy to protect children, their families and our communities from deadly, preventable diseases by administering safe and effective vaccines.
We encourage you to discuss any concerns, doubts or questions you may have about vaccines with your Decatur Pediatric Group Pediatricians.