Should pediatric practices have policies to not care for children with vaccine-hesitant parents?
© 2016 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. One of the most divisive issues in pediatrics today concerns the proper response by pediatricians to parents who refuse routine childhood immunizations for their children. Many pediatricians refuse to care for such families. Others continue to provide care and continue to try to convince parents that the benefits of immunizations far outweigh the risks. Two of the most powerful arguments in favor of dismissing such parents are as follows: (1) their refusal suggests such lack of trust in the physicians' recommendations that it undermines the basis for a meaningful physician-patient-parent relationship; and (2) unimmunized children present an unacceptable risk to other children in the physicians' waiting rooms. This article examines those arguments.
Alexander K, Lacy TA, Myers AL, Lantos JD. Should Pediatric Practices Have Policies to Not Care for Children With Vaccine-Hesitant Parents?. Pediatrics. 2016;138(4):e20161597. doi:10.1542/peds.2016-1597