Oberlin Road Pediatrics follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). For information about these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm.
For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis.
Our Vaccine Policy
The physicians and staff of Oberlin Road Pediatrics fully support the efficacy and safety of vaccines. Regular vaccinations help children ward off serious infections and are one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention. We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) schedule for implementation of vaccines. We follow the North Carolina State Law as the MINIMUM requirement for vaccine administration.
In order to be patients at our practice, children are expected to be immunized on time, starting with the Hepatitis B vaccine in the neonatal period. We will not accept patients who are under-immunized. All families are required to sign a form indicating understanding and acceptance of this policy prior to starting at our practice.
If one is transferring into our practice from another medical provider, we will review the child's immunization records. If we determine that the child is significantly behind on shots, the parent will be notified and asked to schedule a vaccine consultation with a physician at our practice before we will see the child as a patient. We will work with a new family to comply with vaccine recommendations and get back on track. However, if a requested vaccine consultation does not occur or the parent is not planning to comply with vaccination laws, then Oberlin Road Pediatrics is not the right practice for that family, and we will not accept the child as a new patient.
We are happy to discuss your questions about vaccines during Well Child appointments. If there are extensive concerns or questions, parents will need to set up a separate vaccine consultation appointment. It is important to understand that this visit may not be covered by insurance and parents will be responsible for paying for this consultation at the time of service, which may range in cost from $100-200 depending on the amount of time spent with the physician.
Below we have included links to several reputable websites that can provide additional information to you, answer your questions, and hopefully settle any concerns you might have.
AAP Standard Immunization Schedule
- 0-6 Years -Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years | 2012
- 7-18 Years-Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years | 2012
- Catch-up Schedule -Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind | 2012
Additional Online Resources
Vaccine Safety: The Facts A brief fact sheet on vaccines from the AAP
www.immunizationinfo.org. National Network for immunization Information (NNii)
www.pkids.org Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs)
www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/home.html Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center.
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis Detailed information sheets about each of the vaccines, published by the Center for Disease Control