Gales Ferry Pediatrics
1527 Route 12
Gales Ferry, CT 06335
(860) 464-7248(O)
(860) 464-9088 (F)
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633 Middlesex Turnpike
Old Saybrook Ct., 06475
(860) 395-0521 (O)

(860)395-1647 (F)

 

 

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Gales Ferry Pediatrics 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/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm

For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis.

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.

Recommended Immunization Schedule

  • 0-6 Years -Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years | 2016
  • 7-18 Years-Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years | 2016
  • Catch-up Schedule -Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind | 2016

Resources

Vaccine Safety: The Facts A brief fact sheet on vaccines from the AAP

Updated Immunization Policy for Gales Ferry Pediatrics

Throughout the history of Gales Ferry Pediatrics, it has been our policy to accept unimmunized and under immunized patients. Our goal was to educate the parents of these patients so that they would choose to immunize their children. While we have successfully convinced some parents to properly immunize their children, there remains a small minority who still refuse most or all vaccines. The recent measles outbreak has caused us to reexamine our policies.

We take care of children who have immune deficiencies that prevent them from being fully vaccinated. We also take care of newborns and infants who are too young to be fully immunized, as well as children with transplants and cancers who are immunosuppressed. We can no longer allow these patients to be placed at risk due to the ill-advised decisions of a few. Vaccines are effective and safe. All of us who have children have vaccinated them completely. While there are potential side effects of vaccines, they are almost always mild. Severe reactions to vaccines have been documented but are exceptionally rare. Immunizations are tested and studied extensively for safety; they do not cause autism or other developmental disorders.

Effective immediately, we will no longer be taking new patients who refuse to immunize in a timely manner. Effective April 1 2015, we will be discharging current patients from our practice who refuse to immunize in a timely manner as described below. Patients who are being discharged will receive a letter stating the reasoning behind the decision. We will continue to provide urgent and acute care for these patients for up to 30 days after the date of the letter. This will give parents some time to find a new provider. Patients who receive this letter who wish to remain in the practice must receive their immunizations according to the catch-up schedule written by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Failure to adhere to this schedule will result in discharge from the practice. Patients who cannot be immunized because of a true medical contraindication will be exempt from this policy.

We strongly encourage adherence to the CDC/AAP recommended schedule. This schedule has been tested for safety and is timed to protect children from infectious diseases in a timely manner. Failure to adhere to this schedule puts the child at unnecessary risk of exposure to infectious disease and has no effect on decreasing side effects from the vaccines. At minimum, the following guidelines must be met:

  • 3 doses of DTaP, Hib, Prevnar, and Rotateq by 9 months of age
  • 3 dose of polio vaccine by 18 months
  • 1 dose of MMR and Varivax by 18 months
  • 2nd dose of MMR and varivax by 6 years of age
  • Tdap booster by 12 year of age

We know this policy may cause some inconvenience; we believe, however, that it is in the best interest of all of our patients. Please feel free to discuss any questions about this policy with your clinician. We look forward to continuing to care for your children.

Sincerely,

The Physicians of Gales Ferry Pediatrics, Northeast Medical Group