More doctors “firing” families who refuse to vaccinate children

The Wall Street Journal reports that an increasing number of pediatricians and family physicians are dismissing families from their practices who refuse to vaccinate their children.

The Journal notes that fears about autism or overwhelming a child’s immune system keep parents from vaccinating their children, even though studies have proven these fears to be unjustified.

Medical associations don’t recommend such patient bans, but the practice appears to be growing, according to vaccine researchers.


In a study of Connecticut pediatricians published last year, some 30% of 133 doctors said they had asked a family to leave their practice for vaccine refusal, and a recent survey of 909 Midwestern pediatricians found that 21% reported discharging families for the same reason.

By comparison, in 2001 and 2006 about 6% of physicians said they “routinely” stopped working with families due to parents’ continued vaccine refusal and 16% “sometimes” dismissed them, according to surveys conducted then by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This has been my policy in my practice for nearly three decades.  A major factor for me is the fact that unimmunized children can pose a danger in the waiting room to others who haven’t yet been fully vaccinated.

Here are some of my blogs on vaccinations over the last year:

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