Vaccine or not to vaccine

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.