After much consideration, and in the interest of the safety of our patient base, going forward we will require families to adhere to the minimum guidelines issued by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene regarding School Admission Immunization Requirements (see below for links).
As a result of vaccine refusal, we are now seeing outbreaks of both pertussis and measles. Both are vaccine-preventable diseases with serious consequences. In the spring of 2014, twenty-six people, including children, developed measles in New York City. In our office, three children tested positive, one of whom was hospitalized. As one of the most contagious diseases in the world, it is important for children and adults to get vaccinated to help protect communities by slowing or stopping disease outbreaks. In response to the measles outbreak, our office recalled over 800 patients to provide a prophylactic dose of the MMR vaccine.
- We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
- We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
- We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.
- We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.