Like many pediatric providers, Growing Healthy Together strongly believes in protecting our patients and the community from vaccine-preventable illness while supporting and respecting families’ personal beliefs. From the medical perspective, we think it’s important that each of our patients follows an appropriate vaccine schedule. Please review the AAP recommended immunization schedule here. However, we are ready and willing to work with each of our patients on an alternative vaccine schedule.
Please note that immunizations are designed to help us all live healthier lives. Infections can be devastating for families and we think that vaccines can be one of the best ways to avoid infections for yourselves, your families, and the community.
There has been a lot of information in the news and in popular culture suggesting that vaccines cause autism and other disorders. Our team of healthcare practitioners keeps abreast of current, credible research so that we can appropriately inform our patients and families about important healthcare topics. There is no scientific evidence linking vaccines and autism, as supported by the AAP, the CDC, the National Institutes for Health, and the Institute of Medicine. Vaccines will prevent disease and help your child maintain health. Choosing not to vaccinate may leave your child open to disease and we recommend that you do vaccinate. However, GHT is a non-threatening, progressive vaccine practice and we will continue to offer a full or alternative vaccine schedule.
Please contact us with your concerns and questions. We are always eager to keep the conversation going with all of our patients – especially those that are concerned about immunizations.