amount of time working with parents who refuse to immunize their children according to the recommended schedule or who fail to abide by an agreed-upon, recommended catch-up schedule.”
The Argument Against Discharge
Although the resolution met with some approval, some bioethicists opposed it.
“The AAP feels that pediatricians are by far the best resource of information for parents who have concerns about vaccines and that if pediatricians are turning patients away from their offices, we’re going to lose that opportunity to try and educate them,” said Dr. Mark Sawyer, a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. “The hope is that we’ll eventually get them to be immunized.”
Dr. Soujanya Pulluru, a family physician in Naperville, Illinois, follows the AAP’s recommendation. “These children deserve access to the care we give them. They deserve the right to get medical care irrespective of their parents’ choices.”
Dr. Margarita Cancio, an infectious disease physician with Tampa Community Hospital, agreed. “A pediatrician or family doctor who is more absolutist and takes a hardline stance on vaccination loses that opportunity to build a kind of trusting relationship [with the patient and parents] and do what’s right for the kid, which is to get them immunized.”
There is also some concern that refusing care could further isolate and outrage vocal members of the anti-vaccination movement. Michelle Meyer, director of bioethics policy at Union Graduate College-Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, worried about “further
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