Vaccines are such a hot button issue with parents these days. Some parents, generally known as anti-vaxxers, choose to forgo vaccinations for potentially deadly diseases because they worry about what they see as possible side effects for their children.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) both recommend that parents get their kids vaccinated. There have been articles galore about the importance of vaccinating your children. There have been countless threads on Twitter (where the issue is the subject of quite a lot of debates). But some parents are still against it.
Parents can choose not to vaccinate their children, sure, but doctors can also make policies of not treating kids who are not vaccinated. This sign, hung in a doctor’s office, got a lot of attention after being posted on Reddit.
The sign reads,
Our office will no longer be seeing patients that do not vaccinate their children. We will vaccinate those who would like to begin the process, however failure to comply with this policy will result in discharge after January 1, 2019. We can provide a medical release when a new physician has been found. Due to the overwhelmingly thorough research of science based findings there is a plethora of evidence supporting the positive impact vaccines have on children. As per Dr. Azmeh’s professional advice, along with the CDC and WHO (World Health Organization), we strongly discourage any parent from withholding vaccines that will undoubtedly help their children. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please feel free to ask a staff member.
Many commenters applauded the doctor’s policy.
Parents, please vaccinate your kids. If not for their own safety, then for the safety of people with compromised immune systems who can’t get vaccinated themselves.