We believe that all children and young adults should receive the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics unless there is a medical contraindication.
Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention. Vaccination is very important health-promoting and life-saving intervention.
Our Vaccine Policy
- Our office will not accept new patients whose parents choose not to vaccinate their children.
- Our office will not be participating in alternative immunization schedules.
- Parents of newborns will be given until the 4 month checkup to initiate vaccines. If vaccines are not initiated at that time, patients will be required to find another pediatric health care provider. These patients can continue to be seen in our office for 30 days after being informed of the policy verbally and in writing.
- We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child’s next visit or call us at iCare Pediatrics.
- Under our immunization policy, we follow the vaccine schedule guidelines of the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Recommended vs. Required
The state of Michigan adheres to the CDC-recommended vaccination schedule. The schedule is meant to provide the maximum amount of protection for everyone as safely as possible. While some vaccines are not required for school or daycare (Influenza, HPV and HEP A) our practice encourages all vaccines to be administered to all eligible patients. Our providers can discuss your concerns or questions the flu shot and HPV vaccine.
Some children who cannot receive vaccines due to a medical condition. If your child has a documented medical diagnosis that exempts him or her from receiving vaccines, please provide our office these documents for review.