Refuse Vaccines and Risk Dismissal by Doctor
Doctors sometimes refuse to see specific patients any more for a number of reasons — such as missed appointments, rude or threatening behavior, and nonpayment of bills. But an increasingly common reason is parents’ refusal to allow their children to be vaccinated.
A survey of 900 pediatricians in nine Midwestern states found that 21% have discharged families for refusing vaccination. As the number of recommended vaccines for children has increased, vaccine safety has been the subject of escalating controversy.
USA Today reports:
“The sheer number of vaccines given to children — 25 shots in the first 15 months of life — has caused some parents to worry that so much stimulation could overwhelm young immune systems”.