recent blog comes to the conclusion that non-vaccinating parents believe their pediatrician “would have to be staggeringly incompetent, negligent or malicious to keep administering (vaccines).”  Using this as the premise, this pediatrician goes on to say that these patients should be dismissed from our practices. First off, these parents don’t think we’re the enemy.  The reason they bring their kids to see us ...

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The tests came fast and furious.  The diagnosis didn’t. One doctor was certain it was psychosomatic.  My twin younger brothers had been born a few months earlier, and I, seeking attention, was refusing to walk.  My mother kept looking. Another doctor couldn’t figure it out but gave a piece of advice.  “You have other children, right?  Be grateful. Take this one home, keep him comfortable, and when he is gone take comfort ...

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Walking parents through the decision to vaccinate their children is a conversation. The vast majority of the time it is an easy conversation. Sometimes it is difficult. If the conversation goes like this, then we, as doctors aren’t doing our jobs: Pediatrician: “Are you going to vaccinate your child?” Parent: “No.” Pediatrician: “Get out of my office.” The medical community has lost a lot of ground on communicating the necessity of vaccines. For years, we told ...

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