Bright Oaks Pediatric Center is an award winning pediatric practice in Bel Air, Maryland, providing expert, friendly care for children birth through 18 years.

Parent Refusal of Immunizations Policy Statement

At Bright Oaks Pediatrics, we are dedicated to providing the best care that we can for our patients. We feel to do this effectively we must enter into a partnership based on mutual trust with the parents of our patients so that together we can achieve this goal. We believe that immunizations are one of the most important health interventions a parent can do on behalf of their children, and we want all of our patients to benefit from this modern lifesaving tool.

While we recognize and respect the parents’ role as the ultimate decision maker for their child’s healthcare, we believe strongly that we are obligated to deliver the best and safest healthcare possible for our patients and our community. We feel professionally uncomfortable caring for children who will not receive a minimal set of vaccinations. These preventable diseases can and do cause severe illness, brain damage and death. Although we strongly support all recommended vaccines, we must insist that our patients receive the vaccines required for school according to the AAP schedule to remain a patient in our practice.

While we believe that vaccines are very safe, and clearly safer than not having vaccines, we recognize that there are risks associated with all interventions and therapies.

We hope that you take the time to read quality papers and internet sites about the benefits of vaccines. The best internet site for vaccine education can be found at www.vaccine.chop.edu, which is hosted by one of the finest children’s hospitals in the country, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The federal government also maintains an informative site at the Centers for Disease Control website, www.cdc.gov/vaccines. Our providers and staff are pleased to answer any questions.

We hope that you will review the accurate information about immunizations here as well as on the respected internet sites and consider allowing your child(ren) to receive this important protection.

As a group practice, we feel we must implement a consistent policy in regard to Parental Refusal of Immunizations. Refusal of these vaccinations indicates a significant difference of philosophy of care and it would be best that we terminate our doctor-patient relationship. It is our hope that no patient is discharged from our practice due to vaccine refusal.