Vaccine Policy

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.