Doctors are taking a firmer stance with anti-vaxxers in their clinics.

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If anyone should know the benefits of vaccinations it’s pediatricians. With the growing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their kids the waiting room of your family doctor could be a dangerous place to be. So a number of doctors around the country are now insisting that parents with unvaccinated kids sign a waiver or find another doctor to go to:

Pediatricians get more firm when parents refuse vaccines for children – USATODAY.com.

Doctors are growing increasingly frustrated with what they characterize as misinformation linking childhood immunizations to autism, but many parents continue to be wary of vaccines. While parents research vaccine risks, their sources usually aren’t the medical journals that doctors read.

“My response usually is for them to look at credible, researched information and data and really make an informed decision for themselves versus what someone told them,” said Breaux, a doctor at Brentwood (Tenn.) Pediatrics.

Dr. Robert Lillard of Jr. of The Children’s Clinic of Nashville refers parents to websites for respected hospitals. Doctors have a responsibility to make their clinics as safe as possible, he said.

“We want you to feel if you’re in our waiting room that you are safe,” Lillard said. “By that I mean if you have to come in for a sick visit and you are sitting in the waiting room next to a child that has a rash, we want you to feel pretty comfortable knowing that’s probably not measles. If you are in our practice, you’ve been vaccinated against measles and you’re not going to be exposed to that.

This is a trend I hope will grow among doctors across the country. Pediatricians in particular are in a good spot to educate parents on the real risks and benefits of vaccines. If you don’t trust your doctor enough to provide advice on that topic then you are probably going to the wrong doctor. Or you’re an idiot.

*Cartoon by Stuart Carlson.

5 thoughts on “Doctors are taking a firmer stance with anti-vaxxers in their clinics.

  1. Once again. The issue is not that vaccines cause other problems, all forms of medicines and vaccines have side effects, its that vaccines are needlessly being given to kids that are at very low risk of exposure. Not only is it “protecting” them from something they had little to no chance of getting, its exposing them to all possible side-effects. Even if its so much as a rash its too much.

    If there was a vaccine for the bubonic plague would you give it to your kids, even though there has been less than 400 cases in the USA over the last 50 years?

  2. Moloch wrote:

    If there was a vaccine for the bubonic plague would you give it to your kids, even though there has been less than 400 cases in the USA over the last 50 years?

    Depends on if they were headed someplace where it’s much more prevalent. Globally there’s between 1,000 and 3,000 cases a year. And a vaccine for it is in the works.

    That said, unless there was a large outbreak in the U.S., no, I probably wouldn’t give my kids the plague vaccine because of its rarity. Measles, Chickenpox, Whooping Cough, and the stuff we do vaccinate for are things they are much more likely to be exposed to. The only reasons we don’t still have large outbreaks of these diseases is because of the vaccinations, but in areas where more parents are refusing to have their kids vaccinated the diseases are making a comeback and putting everyone at risk.

  3. As Les pointed out, there’s treatment and then there’s prevention. And extremely rare diseases like the bubonic plague aren’t relevant to the subject of prevention. To assert (or even hypothesize) that there’s widespread call to prevent such diseases is rather ridiculous.

    Also, let’s not overlook the fact that the reason that the only reason that the bubonic plague isn’t a serious threat these days is because of antibotics (not vaccinations, because it’s caused by bacteria and not a virus). But it’s alive and well today. In 2010, a case was reported in Oregon, which was successfully treated. Had this case refused treatment due to vaccinophobia, a real problem could have surfaced.

    Even something as seemingly harmless (but nevertheless unpleasant) as Influenza (the flu to you and me) kills 250,000-500,000 people every year (sometimes millions during a pandemic). This is a very real and very modern threat, and must be vaccinated.

    Side-effects can be bad, but such is life. It is important to consider the side-effects of not vaccinating also. One of which could be a very agonizing death, and very possibly, passing along that fate to others.

    Kudos to those medical practitioners who are taking a stand against the anti-vaxxers!

  4. “Ever heard of small pox” is my reply to people that don’t “believe in” the effectiveness of vaccines. I often hear people at work talking about how they won’t get a flu shot, or flu shots can make you sick, and there’s a chance it could kill you. Well, yes, there are some fatalities from reactions to the flu shot, I can’t remember the exact number, but as stated in a previous post thousands die from catching the flu every year.

    I’ll never forget, about 7 years ago having the flu so bad I passed out while trying to take some ibuprofen in the middle of the night. I woke up some time later finding myself on the cold linoleum floor — I’ve gotten a flu shot every year since.

  5. My daughter had measles at 8 months old it caused hearing problems . She’s fit and well 19 year old now but the fear and worry I went through then. I will never understand parents deliberately putting their children and other at risk by not vaccinating .

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