There has been an increase in the number of parents who choose not to immunize
their children, and now some in the medical world are taking a stand.
Some physicians, including pediatrician Dr. Bradley Dyer of Seattle, are
refusing to treat children who have not been vaccinated, citing the safety
of other patients. Dr. Dyer feels doctors need to be more assertive about
turning away unvaccinated patients.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not advocate refusing to treat
unvaccinated patients but pushes for educating parents about vaccinations.
Learning about vaccinations can be somewhat overwhelming, as the number
of recommended childhood vaccines has increased from about four shots
a couple decades ago to more than twenty today. The Academy does understand
where the physicians are coming from, though–in 2008 three babies
too young to be vaccinated contracted measles from a sick, unvaccinated
child in the waiting room.