The comments went crazy at last week’s post on vaccinations and the chat I had with the nurse at our doctor’s office. Thanks to all of you and your wise advice in the comments we probably won’t sign those documents now. I haven’t even had time to read them over well yet or talk it over with Kent, but when I do, I’m just not sure yet what we’ll decide. To think that these documents could be used against us as parents is unbelievable, but unfortunately not inconceivable. It’s just sick that “they” make it so difficult for parents who actually DO their research and don’t blindly follow the typical vaccination schedule.
But here’s where I need your advice again:
One reason I’d be afraid not to sign, is because I wonder what will happen when they realize this. If they give us the boot, a very real possibility, I just don’t know if there are any other “regular” docs in town who would take our family under their care, and certainly not any that I’ve already built a relationship with. (Although the relationships were more when I was there all the time when we were having babies or having miscarriages, and I rarely even see any of them anymore, which is obviously a good thing.)
Why does it matter if they boot us out you wonder?
Because my mind is full of the ‘what-ifs’. There are times in life, and especially with four kids, where we will likely need a family doc, and I’d hate to burn bridges here. While we rarely need antibiotics, it still could happen. And who knows what illness could be around the corner? Even though we try to eat healthier and hopefully have less a chance of this, we still aren’t perfect by any stretch and you just never know.
By the way…
Since I put up that post last week I got the latest notice from their office, sent certified mail, so I had to go pick it up and show my ID. Big bold red letters stamped on the top: “3rd notice!” It said that our 11 year old is due for his well-child check and his flu shot! Yeah right!
Update: Since I finished this post I looked over the papers and had to tell you some of what was written there…
It had all the stuff you would expect, how safe vaccines are, how much research goes into them, how mercury doesn't cause Autism, how you're putting your child and others at risk if you don't vaccinate, etc. Here are a couple Q & A's:
“Isn't it overwhelming to a child's immune system to give so many shots in one visit?”
Answer: “The amount of antigens that children fight every day just by playing, eating and breathing (2,000-6,000) is much more than the antigens in any combination of vaccines on the current schedule (150 for the whole schedule). So, children's immune systems are not overwhelmed by vaccines.”
They're equating what children come across in their natural environment to a powerful disease concoction developed in a chemical factory, seriously?!
Another Q&A was in regards to Dr. Sears' suggested vaccine schedule where they are more spread out.
Answer: “There is no scientific basis for such a schedule. No one knows how well it would work to protect your child from diseases. And if many parents in any community decided to follow such a schedule, diseases would be able to spread much more quickly. Also, people who are too sick or too young to receive vaccines are placed at risk when they are around unvaccinated children.”
“No scientific basis for such a schedule.” But there's no scientific basis for giving vaccines either – just having the vaccine doesn't guarantee protection from disease at all!
There are also many suggested websites on this sheet, including the CDC and AAP sites. (No thanks.)
The form specific to our doctor's office said this:
“Some families are adamant about NOT giving their children vaccinations based on unreliable data, unrealistic fears, and anecdotal events. We as a physician group do not agree with this point of view, and we rely on years of scientific evidence, which forms the recommendations from the CDC, AAP, and the AAFP. Immunizations need to be given to all children to protect them from preventable and serious and potentially life threatening diseases. Other very young children, and immunocompromised patients, in the same community and medical facility also benefit if there isn't a group of unimmunized children who could potentially infect them. for some offices this is a bigger issue than others.”
A 10-step procedure is then listed out for handling these wicked families who have the GALL to do their research and try to make the best choices for their kids…
So, my wise reader friends, what do you think? And thank you for your help!
One more follow up post to this one.