Immunizations are one of the easiest ways that we can protect ourselves, our families and our communities from deadly diseases. The vaccines that are offered today prevent the deaths of an estimated 42,000 children each year in the United States. Yet, some preventable diseases — whooping cough, for example — have been making a comeback because some children are not vaccinated and also because some adults have not gotten their Tdap booster.
More and more parents request to delay or decline vaccination of their children. This may be a result of celebrities claiming vaccines harmed their children, of poor science and alternative vaccine schedules being promoted in books and by special advocacy groups, and most assuredly it is a result of the increased number of vaccines and injections now recommended for infants and children in recent years.
The health care providers in Routt and Moffat counties want to affirm our position on the recommended vaccines in the U.S.:
■ We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
■ We firmly believe in the safety of vaccines.
■ We firmly believe 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 Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
■ We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
■ We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in a few vaccines (some multidose vials), does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
■ We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers.
The recommended vaccines and the recommended U.S. schedule are the results of years of scientific study and data gathered on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians. Delaying or refusing vaccination of children may put your child and other children at risk for serious illness, even death. Talk to your health care provider to learn which immunizations you need to protect yourself and your children.
Linda Casner, NP-C; Jim Dudley, MD; Ronald F. Famiglietti, MD; Phaedra Fegley, MD; Dana Fitzgerald, MD; Millie Flanigan, PA-C; Neilene Folks, PA-C; Sheila Fountain, MD; Bill Geserick, MD; Lisa Harner, MD; Brian Harrington, MD, MPH; Diana Hornung, MD; Andrew G. Hughes, MD; Rosanne Iversen, MD; Frances Jenkins, PA-C; Dennis Kinder, MD; Larry Kipe, MD; Anna Lundeen, MD; Joel Miller, DO; Laura Mordi, MD; David Niedermeier, MD; Troy Phillips, MD; Cinde Porter, PA-C; Bridget M. Ross, PA; Steven A. Ross, MD, FAAP; Daniel Smilkstein, MD; Louise Thielen, MD; Tracey Wall, PA-C; David Williams, MD