MB Comment: Check out the military uniform on the CDC’s Director of the National Center for Immunization. Ja Vol, Mein Fuhrer! All parents should be required to see CDC officials strutting around in their uniforms so they understand the system behind the vaccines that get injected into their children. I sat through their meetings in Atlanta and DC, which is where I observed their Paraguayan tendencies. You know – medals, fancy uniforms, etc. In the following article and video we have Dear Leader Anne Schuchat instructing pediatricians in the finer arts of intimidating parents into utter vaccine submission — don’t forget to document the hold-outs and have those damned refusers sign the Refusal to Vaccinate Form!
Overcoming Vaccine Concerns and Refusals
Unfortunately, a parent may at times decide to delay or decline a vaccine. In these situations, a few things should be considered:
- CDC doesn’t recommend excluding a child from your practice if the parent declines immunizations. We understand that you are trying to protect other children in the practice, but remember that without a medical home, the child is at risk for many different health problems — not just vaccine-preventable diseases. They need your quality care.
- We suggest you share our new fact sheet If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities . This tool explains the risks involved with this decision and the additional responsibilities parents need to take on. Many parents don’t realize they are putting their children at risk by not vaccinating them, and that they will need to take special precautions when their children are ill and visiting the pediatrician or emergency department, to avoid spreading an infection to others, and to alert clinicians about appropriate diagnoses.
- Tell the parent that you would like to continue the conversation about vaccines during the next visit, and then make sure to do so.
- Last, you may wish to have them sign the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Refusal to Vaccinate form . Ask parents to sign this form each time a vaccine is refused so that you have a record in their child’s medical file.