Vaccinations- Should Docs "Fire" Families That Refuse?
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|Fri, 08-03-2012 - 10:12am|
Can you imagine being dumped by your pediatrician? More and more doctors are "firing" patients -- refusing to treat children whose parents refuse or delay vaccinations.
There's a medical reason: An unvaccinated 4-year-old with whooping cough in a doctor's waiting room could infect a young infant who hasn't yet been vaccinated. Some doctors say they don't want to put their other patients at unnecessary risk. While numerous studies have shown no increased risk of autism from vaccines, many parents remain concerned.
What do you think? Should doctors have the right to "fire" patients when their parents refuse to vaccinate? Is anyone here delaying or avoiding vaccinations? If so, have you had any issues with your pediatrician regarding your decision?