Vaccine Policy Statement

Children receive many immunizations between birth and adolescence. These vaccines are designed to prevent a number of serious infectious diseases. Over the past two decades, many parents have become concerned about the number of immunizations their children receive. The questions we hear most often relate to the safety of the vaccines being given and the need for children to receive so many vaccines. It is understandable that parents would have questions in this area. Vaccines do sometimes have side effects, though serious complications are very rare. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet about vaccine complications, which serves to increase the uncertainty many parents struggle with.

For us, immunizations are the best way to prevent a number of very serious infections. We follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. That said, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible with the immunizations your children receive. We encourage you to ask questions about the vaccines themselves or the recommended schedule for their administration. Our web site includes links to other sites that discuss vaccine safety as well as providing detailed information about the diseases they prevent.


For recommended vaccine timelines please see our Immunization Schedules.