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The merits of vaccinating your child:

Posted: 12/23/2016

I have been giving children vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1974.   My own children and grandchildren have received all recommended vaccines according to the recommended schedules.  I have never seen a child who suffered a permanent injury because of a childhood vaccine.

I worked with state government administrators, legislators, pharmaceutical companies, and physicians to establish the NC Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in 1985-86 so that any children who suffer suspected vaccine-related injury can receive fair compensation, and I have assisted the American Academy of Pediatrics in maintaining the National Vaccine Program, that includes a federal vaccine-related injury compensation program similar to the one we set up in our state.

We currently advise parents who refuse to have their children immunized that they must find another pediatric practice because:

  1. Unimmunized children can bring life-threatening vaccine-preventable infections into our offices, and therefore pose a threat to our patients and their families.
  2. Unimmunized children can contract life-threatening vaccine-preventable infections.  If their parents call our physicians at night, the physicians may not realize that the children are unimmunized and the physicians may not perceive that the children could have life-threatening vaccine-preventable infections.  If our physicians do not recommend that these children come to the Emergency Department immediately, the children could suffer morbidity or mortality and their families could bring medical malpractice lawsuits against our practice.  It is very rare for us to see children with vaccine-preventable diseases today because most children receive recommended vaccines.
  3. If the parents of our patients do not follow our evidence-based recommendations on childhood immunizations, these same parents may not follow our evidence-based recommendations concerning other child health issues.  It is very difficult to take care of children whose parents do not trust us.  We increase our risk for medical malpractice lawsuits when we try to take care of children whose parents do not trust us.
 David T Tayloe, Jr, MD FAAP
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