Vaccinations/Immunizations have historically been uncontroversial, and considered a normal, responsible part of raising a child. Recent headlines have created a lot of confusion, and Lafayette Pediatrics wants to help you separate fact from fiction. Choosing to not vaccinate your child can be a life-threatening decision. Many illnesses that children are vaccinated for are deadly illnesses and viruses that had long been eradicated in the U.S., but have resurfaced lately due to parents choosing not to vaccinate.
We believe that fears of vaccinations are a normal concern for parents, as any medical procedure is a concern. We do not judge parents for having concerns, we instead work diligently to give parents as much information as they request. We want what is best for your child, and our reputation depends on that.
It is a common misperception that children can “build up an immunity” to diseases on their own. This is patently untrue, and is, in fact, the reason for vaccinations. Vaccinations are the very thing that helps children build up a safe immunity to certain diseases while reducing the chances of your child contracting that disease. We follow the CDC and ACIP guidelines for childhood vaccination schedules.
All schools, both public and private, require proof that certain vaccinations/immunizations are up to date. In addition to their potentially life saving capabilities, they can also protect you and your entire family. Children still contract diseases that they are vaccinated for in the U.S. with recent resurgences in measles and pertussis (whooping cough). Immunizations help to protect the health of future generations by effectively attempting to stamp out certain diseases.