I recently read an article online about children essentially being denied medical care because their parents had not had them vaccinated. The pediatricians have valid concerns about the non- immunized children potentially passing on illness to others. But the other side of the coin leaves the turned away children at risk of receiving sub par care or worse none at all. This topic rightly stirs up controversy among parents and health care professionals.
I can see valid reasons from both parties but I must side with the children. They cannot control the decisions of their parents or their doctors and are ultimately the ones that suffer the consequences. Instead of debating among ourselves who is right or wrong I believe we should focus on the health and well-being of children after all they are the future.
Where do you stand? Should pediatricians be allowed to turn away sick children or should the parents be held responsible for refusing to vaccinate?
- Should doctors fire patients who won’t vaccinate? (scienceblogs.com)
- States Easing Up, Pediatricians Buckling Down on Childhood Immunizations (ajnoffthecharts.com)
- Doctors to vaccine refusers: Go somewhere else (cbsnews.com)
- Motherlode Blog: How should a pediatrician handle the parent who refuses or delays a child’s shots? (parenting.blogs.nytimes.com)
- No Vaccines? You’re Fired! (volokh.com)