Immunizations

Looking for a copy of your child’s immunizations? If you access MyKidsChart (the online portal), you can print out a copy of his/her immunizations on the state’s CIS form.

If your child needs an immunization, and is not due for a well-child checkup, please call our office at 206-368-6080 to schedule an appointment with a nurse.

NORTH SEATTLE PEDIATRICS IMMUNIZATION POLICY STATEMENT

Your child’s health and well-being are of utmost importance to us.  To that end, we ask you to take a few minutes to review our policy on immunizations.  We, the physicians of North Seattle Pediatrics, believe that vaccinating your child is the most important health-promoting intervention we can provide. We believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.  We have reviewed current studies and available literature, and we agree with their conclusions that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.  We believe, therefore, 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 the American Academy of Pediatrics. These vaccines and their schedule are the results of many years of scientific study.

These things being said, we realize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination.  Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, many people have not seen the diseases we are immunizing against.  Sometimes this causes parents to question the necessity of vaccinating their children.  However, failure to vaccinate your child puts him/her in danger of serious disease as well as endangering other children and adults he or she encounters.

To keep you informed and to address any concerns you may have, we, your child’s doctors, and our nurses, will provide you with information about each vaccine your child needs.  Your child’s doctor will be happy to address any concerns you have about immunizations during his or her well child appointment. If you choose to delay or forego vaccinations for your child, we will ask you to sign a vaccination refusal form. This form documents that we have informed you of the risks of delaying or denying immunizations, and that you choose for your child not to receive one or more vaccines against our recommendations.

Thank you for allowing us to participate in the care of your child. We take this responsibility very seriously, and we hope to work together with you to promote your child’s health for many years to come.

North Seattle Pediatrics Physicians

(7/09. Portions of this policy were adapted from All Star Pediatrics Immunization Policy)

IMMUNIZATION WEBSITES

www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/default.htm (CDC National Immunization Program)
http://www.healthychildren.org/English (American Academy of Pediatrics)
www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/immunize (Washington Dept. of Health)
vaccine.chop.edu/parents (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
www.immunizationinfo.com (Clear Answers About Vaccinations)

VIS (vaccine information statement)