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Do you feel like giving your child vaccines indicates that you trust their pediatrician?

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Do you feel like giving your child vaccines indicates that you trust their pediatrician?

This interesting editorial came out this week. It’s about the relationship between vaccinations, trust, and the doctor-patient relationship. I would love to hear how our Bundoo families feel about this topic.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/30/the-real-reason-pediatricians-want-you-to-vaccinate-your-kids.html

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  1. I’ve seen that article going around and I am totally against this pediatrician’s stance – turning away a family because they don’t want vaccines only 100% ensures you will never change their mind! Rather, these docs should realize these are the kids who NEED good doctors to work on education and advocacy on their behalf, and after rapport and trust is built then their parents might just change their minds. I think his view is quite paternalistic.

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    1. Just found this post and wanted to mention that our pediatrician does not treat families who choose not to vaccinate. While I think she may be missing good opportunities to catch families who would normally avoid vaccines, her reasoning (as explained to us when we joined her practice) is that she doesn’t ever want her newborn, pregnant, or immune-compromised patients to be exposed to vaccine-preventable illnesses while in her offices or waiting rooms. I thought it was a valid point and have always been comfortable with her decision not to treat those families. It’s a gray area, though, isn’t it?

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  2. I trusted our pediatrician a lot, but I also did my own research online and chose to vaccinate based on all of that research, in addition to consulting with our pediatrician. I don’t think that choosing not to vaccinate says anything against your pediatrician, but I agree that a pediatrician is there to guide parents to the best decisions for their children. If a pediatrician completely alienates that group of parents who choose not to vaccinate, there will be zero chance of him helping them come to what he believes to be the best decision. I feel like most parents who have decided not to vaccinate probably did not even consult their pediatrician on the matter. Even after all of my own research, I was honestly on the fence before talking to our pediatrician, and he guided us to vaccinate by showing us real stats in addition to his own opinions as a physician and as a parent. I trusted his advice, but I think that most parents who choose not to vaccinate probably do not even consult their pediatrician before coming to that conclusion because they know where they stand already.

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    1. That’s a great point, Kristen. It’s scary, though, because some anti-vaccination parents don’t do the right research and look at sub-par sources to make decisions.

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