We cherish our relationships with our patients and their families. It is truly what makes our job fulfilling.
In the midst of the recent measles outbreak, it has raised many questions among our physicians about what is our responsibility to the safety of our patients, parents, physicians and staff. We have had to make some difficult decisions which we feel are for the greater good of our community.
Although we have always been supportive of the AAP immunization guidelines, in the past we have allowed some variation and modification of that schedule. Some families have also chosen not to vaccinate. We have come to recognize that both decisions place the health of your child and others at risk.
We understand that as a parent, you may have a lot of questions and fears regarding health decisions for your children including vaccinations. We are dedicated to discussing these issues with you. If after careful consideration, you choose not to vaccinate your child, we ask that you seek an alternative provider for your family. Sea View will no longer provide care for children who are not vaccinated.
We feel that it is in the best interest of your child and our community that you vaccinate and protect your child according to the recommended AAP immunization schedule. (Please see the immunization section below). We will also be actively updating our current patients who have fallen behind on their scheduled immunizations.
In the event of particular circumstances where a modified schedule is essential, a Sea View modified schedule that still adequately protects your child with less risk will be adopted. You may discuss the details with your physician. Other modified schedules which significantly delay infant immunizations will no longer be accepted at Sea View.
SOCPA follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For information about these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit http://www.aap.org/.
For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html.
Recommended Immunization Schedule – click here
- 0-6 Years -Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years
- 7-18 Years-Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years
- Catch-up Schedule -Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind
CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule
This schedule includes recommendations in effect as of January 1, 2015. Any dose not administered at the recommended age should be administered at a subsequent visit, when indicated and feasible. The use of a combination vaccine generally is preferred over separate injections of its equivalent component vaccines. Vaccination providers should consult the relevant Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) statement for detailed recommendations, available online at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html. Clinically significant adverse events that follow vaccination should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) online (http://www.vaers.hhs.gov) or by telephone (800-822-7967). Suspected cases of vaccine-preventable diseases should be reported to the state or local health department. Additional information, including precautions and contraindications for vaccination, is available from CDC online (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/vac-admin/contraindications.htm) or by telephone (800-CDC-INFO [800-232-4636]). This schedule is approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (http//www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip), the American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org), the American Academy of Family Physicians (http://www.aafp.org), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (http://www.acog.org).
NOTE: The above recommendations must be read along with the footnotes of this schedule.
The Vaccine Education Center
The Vaccine Education Center is a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Vaccine Safety Net because their website meets the criteria for credibility and content as defined by the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety.
When it comes to child health, the information available to parents and pediatricians can be overwhelming. Fortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) can help cut through the clutter. Our 60,000 member pediatricians are committed to the physical, mental and social well-being of all infants, children, teens and young adults – and all of the information you’ll find here is supported by scientific research.
Our Vaccine Philosophy
Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention.
We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child’s next visit.