Vaccine Policy

We are honored that you have chosen Northpointe Pediatrics as the “medical home” for your children. Like you, we believe that there is nothing more important than keeping your children safe and free of serious illness.

There has been a lot of negative publicity about vaccines in the media and on the internet, but we want to reassure you that medical science has demonstrated over and over again that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.

Over the past 10 years many people in Europe and the United States have chosen not to vaccinate their children based on a study by an English physician, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, which linked MMR to autism. Although this biased study was later retracted because it was a fraud (and Dr Wakefield lost his license to practice medicine in England), this resulted in measles outbreaks that caused serious health complications in many children and even several deaths. Because of the hysteria that followed in the media over this proposed, but unfounded, association between vaccines and autism we now are seeing a resurgence of other life-threatening (and vaccine-preventable) illnesses such as Pertussis (“whooping cough”) and bacterial meningitis.

We firmly believe that vaccines prevent serious illness and save lives. We also believe that the vaccines are safer than ever. Therefore, it is our recommendation that all children and young adults should receive all the vaccines according to the schedule published yearly by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

In some cases, we will consider a request to alter the vaccine schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up” the vaccines into extra visits goes against our medical advice at Northpointe Pediatrics as well as being against the advice of the AAP and CDC. Such additional visits may require extra co-payments and may at times be difficult to accommodate. Furthermore, please realize that you will be required to sign an “Immunization Refusal Form” acknowledgement each visit that you refuse to vaccinate.

Since we are all parents as well as pediatricians we share your concerns about these difficult decisions we make for our children. We want each and every one of you to be “informed consumers” about vaccines. We too spend hours researching and reading about vaccines. All we ask is that you take the time to read the information we provide for you and give our opinions the same consideration that you may give to “Google University”, Oprah, Jenny McCarthy, Dr. Bob and the like.

In summary, vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disorders…they prevent disease and save lives. We feel strongly that vaccinating children on the AAP/CDC schedule is crucial. Please feel free to ask questions or to express your concerns with your physician.

Sincerely,

Michelle D. Foster, MD    
Peter J. Francis, MD
Brian T. Engel, MD
Laura C. Clark, MD
Ganga D. Nadarajah, MD
Jeannette Marchand-Mateyak, MD
Kirsten Miller-Unger, MD
Christina F. Leo, MD
Deanna Denysenko, DO
Jennifer Train, CPNP