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From my friend Susan:

Here are my thoughts on this issue. I think it is a great idea since there is so much misinformation out there.

I have mixed feelings on practices dropping kids who are not vaccinated. On the one hand, it is the duty of the doctor to provide care no matter what. But on the other hand, I would be very pissed off if a non-vaccinated child who contracted measles was sitting in the waiting room at the ped's office. Kids like Karuna, who can't have live vaccines and cannot develop immunity to a whole class of bacteria, could easily contract it. Other kids getting chemo, babies, and kids with immune deficiencies are in the same situation. So the ped is in the position that he/she has to risk the health of his/her other patients because of one family's personal choice. I would not want to make that decision...

I have unfortunately seen, however, a large group of parents who feel that the fact that their kid gets a fever and irritable with a vaccine is a "vaccine reaction" when in fact it is the immune system working properly in response to the vaccine. Kids like ours get true vaccine reactions...Karuna is tachy and needs oxygen for days after most vaccines. I think a lot of people see a fever and grumpiness and assume the vaccine is poisoning their child, simply because they don't understand the mechanism of how vaccines work and why kids often respond the way they do.

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