Wee Care Pediatrics follows the guidelines for vaccination that are supported and put forth by both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
At Wee Care Pediatrics we strongly believe in the practice of immunization. The effectiveness of vaccines in preventing serious illness, injury and sometimes worse in children, goes unparalleled as the single most important thing a parent can do to insure the health and safety of their child. Immunizations have been proven to be one of the most important tools in modern history and have saved countless lives. They also have been proven to be very safe and effective, when it comes to the prevention of devastating injury to children.
As a result of immunizing, most parents have never seen the diseases that they are vaccinating against. Most of today’s parents have never seen a child with paralytic polio, bacterial meningitis, measles, or whooping cough. In fact, due to the effectiveness of vaccination, we as a society have begun to forget why it is that we vaccinate. However, what we find and what we know is that as soon as we stop vaccinating, or modify our vaccination approach, these diseases have a high likelihood of recurrence. These diseases can cause serious injury, and at times death. It is with this in mind that we strongly discourage the practice of non-vaccination in children, or vaccine schedule modification and do not support this alarming trend. When parents do this, not only do they put their own children at risk of contracting serious illness, but if these children come into a Pediatric office, they can directly infect infants and children who are either too young to be immunized or who cannot be immunized due to chronic medical illness.
The practice of immunizing children has become questionable to many people in this day and age, simply because, as stated above, we have gotten so good at eradicating such concerning diseases in children. What this has done inadvertently has been to allow a lot of groups to campaign against vaccines, based on loose and quasi research that is usually unfounded. It has allowed for a lot of hype that serves no purpose other than to frighten parents into non-vaccination. The reason that any of these groups has gained any ground at all is because, they essentially run unopposed. Since these diseases are constantly kept in check by the ceaseless efforts of the Modern Medical world, anti-vaccination groups can continue to campaign against them, because they are rarely doing so in the face of an epidemic. The most important thing that a parent can do regarding these matters is to focus on why it is that they are vaccinating their child, and the diseases that they are vaccinating against, instead of focusing on conspiracy, “internet hype” and “pseudo” Doctors that have been discredited by the Medical world at large. To assist our parents in being as accurately informed as possible, when it comes to the immunization of their child, please go to the links or video below. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call us directly or feel free to discuss them with one of our Medical providers.
For more information on vaccines and the diseases that they are designed to protect against, please go to the following links.
Learn how to access your child’s “Official Immunization Record” from Clark County Nevada’s Web IZ.
Additional information for Parents on Web IZ and how it works.