165 Log Canoe Circle, Suite E Stevensville, MD 21666 Phone: 410-643-1000
 
September 2019

Dear Bay Area Pediatrics Parents:
 
Given the significant increase in vaccine preventable disease and the dangers unvaccinated children pose to some of our most vulnerable patients we can no longer accommodate families who delay or refuse to vaccinate their children.  This policy will be in effect immediately.
 
We know, and want you to know, that the recommended vaccines and their schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and research, with data gathered on millions of children, by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
 
We understand that there has always been, and will likely always be, discussion surrounding vaccinations.  But that discussion does not change the facts, or the science, or the evidence about vaccines.
 
The vaccine campaign is a victim of its own success.  It’s precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we even discuss whether or not they should be given.  Because of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis, or even chickenpox.  And that, of course, is a wonderful thing.
 
We write this statement not to scare you or coerce you but to make you aware of the facts and to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child.  We recognize that the choice may be emotional for some parents.  So we will do everything we can to support you and to help you understand that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do.
 
Please understand, however, that delaying or “breaking up” vaccines over multiple visits goes against expert recommendations and can put your child at risk for serious illness or even death.  These alternate vaccine schedules go against both our medical advice and our core principles at Bay Area Pediatrics.  Should you choose these options, you will be asked to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement.  
 
If you refuse to adhere to the vaccination schedule, despite all our efforts and recommendations, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views.
 
As medical professionals, we know that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults.
 
We’re always happy to answer any questions, or to discuss any concerns, you may have about vaccines.
 
Sincerely,
 
D. James Kalliongis, MD

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