Vaccinations

Vaccine Information from Dr. Porter

We administer vaccines according to the schedule of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The practice of immunization has saved more lives and prevented more permanent disabilities, than any other public health intervention. Immunizations protect us from many serious illnesses such as measles, meningitis, polio, pertussis, pneumonia and diphtheria. By not vaccinating your child you are putting not only your child at unnecessary risk, but other children as well.

Due to the massive vaccination campaign starting in the 1950's, there has not been a case of polio reported in the United States since 1979. Anyone who is familiar with the polio epidemics of the mid-1900's can recall how devastating this illness was to a child. It caused permanent paralysis and muscle weakness so severe, that patients had to be placed in an "iron lung" to assist with their breathing.

The Hemophilis meningitis (HIB) vaccine, which was instituted during my residency at Children's Medical Center, changed how we manage a child with fever. At that time, virtually all children under 18 months of age with a high fever, required blood cultures and a spinal tap. These procedures were necessary to determine if this life-threatening bacteria was present. The introduction of this vaccine, into the routine immunization schedule, has virtually eliminated this devastating illness. However, the Hemophilis bacteria can be carried in the nasal passages of healthy adults, then passed to un-immunized infants and children. Delaying this vaccine for even a few weeks, can leave your infant or child at risk for this illness.

The DPT vaccine prevents pertussis, or "whooping cough." Early immunization is important because infants, and young children, are the most susceptible to the severe form of this illness. Children under the age of 6 months, who get pertussis, are at risk for sudden death or a prolonged debilitating cough, that can last up to 3 months. Those that survive this illness, can be left with permanent mental disabilities. This bacterium can be carried in the nasal passages of healthy individuals and passed to un-immunized infants and children.

Some parents are choosing to delay, or skip, the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, due to the inaccurate belief that there is an increased risk of autism associated with its administration. These concerns stem from a flawed research study done in 1998, by a British Physician named Dr. Andrew Wakefield. This study has been retracted because it included only 12 subjects, and also, Dr. Wakefield was in the process of developing his own vaccine to compete with the MMR vaccine. The British Medical Panel concluded that his study was flawed, and also violated basic research ethic rules. In addition, several subsequent research studies, which included hundreds of subjects, have demonstrated no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

As more parents choose to not vaccinate their children, we may see the re-emergence of illnesses such as paralytic polio, and Hemophilis meningitis. There are presently epidemics of both pertussis and measles in parts of the U.S. due to a large un-immunized population in those areas.

Also, I do not recommend, "alternative vaccine schedules" which suggest splitting, or delaying, immunizations.  Splitting or delaying immunizations will leave your infant susceptible to these devastating illnesses during the most vulnerable time of their life. Additionally, there is no proven benefit to the splitting or delaying, of immunizations. We can discuss this.

If you choose not to vaccinate your child, we respectfully ask that you find a healthcare provider who shares your views.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) provide you with information about the vaccines your child will receive during their well-check. You may read these before your appointment or they will be available to you in our office on appointment day. You'll be asked to sign a consent at that time, for your child to receive the vaccines.

Click on the well-check appointment below, that you have scheduled for your child. This will provide the links to the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) specific to your child's appointment.

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