Vaccine Policy

At Pathway Pediatrics we are dedicated to provide the best care for every child we see.  Pediatric healthcare is best achieved when healthcare providers and parents/caregivers mutually trust one another and adopt a team approach for the health and safety of the children in our practice and in our community.  Because the health of our patients is our highest priority, and because we believe in the safety and efficacy of vaccines, we require all our incoming patients to vaccinate with required childhood immunizations. All of our providers have followed this schedule with their own children.

Vaccines have been proven to prevent diseases that can and do cause serious illnesses, some with irreparable damage, including paralysis, brain damage and death.  As you have likely heard in the recent past some diseases preventable by vaccines are making a comeback and risking the health and safety of our children. We encourage you to read quality literature regarding the safety and benefits of vaccines. We encourage you to be well-informed about vaccine safety and administration and be wary of internet sources that are not backed by scientific research or those containing personal accounts. Here are some helpful, reliable, evidence-based websites you can visit: http://vaccineinformation.org, http://immunize.org, http://healthychildren.org, http://vec.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/home/html and www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

 

We understand the complexity of adhering to vaccines in a timely manner and will therefore require our patients to adhere to the recommended guidelines as follows:

  • At 9 months and at 18 months of age children must be up to date on all vaccines required by this age respectively.
  • At 11 years of age children must have a TDaP.

You will be notified if your child has not completed the routine vaccinations as outlined above. You will have the opportunity to bring your child in for a well visit and/or immunization visit after notification. If you do not bring your child in for immunizations after notification, Pathway Pediatrics reserves the right to dismiss your child from its practice.  It will be at the discretion of Pathway Pediatrics to dismiss patients on a case by case basis.

It is of utmost importance for the safety of your child and for other children in our practice that your child stay current with immunizations. If you have questions regarding immunizations please ask to speak with a nurse or provider.  All our providers are open and willing to discuss your child’s health and your concerns regarding immunizations.  Please do not hesitate to call our office to discuss your child’s individual needs as we are happy to speak with you and strive to provide the most up to date care for you and your family.