Legacy Pediatrics Vaccine Policy Statement

We believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.

We believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.

We believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and research, with data gathered on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

These things being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination. The vaccine campaign is a victim of its own success. It’s precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we even discuss whether or not they should be given. Because of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox.

Over the past several years, some people have chosen not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine after publication in Europe of an unfounded suspicion — later retracted and discredited — that the vaccine caused autism. We are seeing more cases of vaccine-preventable illnesses in the United States every day, to include pertussis (whooping cough) and measles. In some areas of the country, the number of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases has reached epidemic proportions.

We write this statement not to scare you, nor to coerce you, but to make you aware of the facts, and to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be emotional for some parents. We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do.

Please understand, however, that delaying or “breaking up” the vaccines to give one or two at a time over two or more visits goes against expert recommendations and can put your child at risk for serious illness or even death. Doing these things also goes against our medical advice at Legacy Pediatrics.

Should you choose to refuse or delay vaccinations, you will be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement at every visit. Please recognize that by not vaccinating, you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness and disability, even death.

As medical professionals, we feel strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults.

Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about vaccines with any one of us.