Calvert Medical Arts
130 Hospital Road
We believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
We believe in the safety of our vaccines. We believe that all children and young adults
should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of
We believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that
vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe
that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in
some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most
important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that
you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their
schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on
millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
These things being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely
always be controversy surrounding vaccination. Indeed, Benjamin Franklin, persuaded
by his brother, was opposed to smallpox vaccine until scientific data convinced him
otherwise. Tragically, he had delayed inoculating his favorite son Franky, who
contracted smallpox and died at the age of 4, leaving Ben with a lifetime of guilt and
remorse. Quoting Mr. Franklin’s autobiography:
“In 1736, I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox…I long
regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I
mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they
should never forgive themselves if a child died under it, my example showing that the
regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.”
The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because
vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are even discussing whether or
not they should be given. Because of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child
with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox, or
known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. Such
success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating. But such an attitude,
if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results.
Over the past several years, many people in Europe have chosen not to vaccinate their
children with the MMR vaccine after publication of an unfounded suspicion (later
retracted) that the vaccine caused autism. As a result of under immunization, there
have been small outbreaks of measles and several deaths from complications of
measles in Europe over the past several years.
By not vaccinating, your child may unintentionally transmit a preventable and
potentially fatal disease to another person. Many cannot be protected from disease by
vaccination because of their age or weakened immunity. Thus, persons undergoing
chemotherapy and young infants are counting on you to help protect them.
Unvaccinated children can also cause birth defects in the unborn through infection of
pregnant women with preventable diseases such as measles.
We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to
emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice
may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to
convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do.
Delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more
visits goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk for serious
illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice
As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule
with currently available vaccines is the right thing to do for all eligible children and
young adults. Finally, if you choose not to vaccinate your child according to the
schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, we ask that you please find another health care
provider who shares your views. We feel that we cannot in good conscience endorse
these practices by participating in them.
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