Vaccines & immunizations
It is the strong belief of the physicians at Forsyth Pediatrics Kernersville, Oak Ridge, Walkertown, Union Cross and our after-hours clinic that all children who are able should be immunized as soon as possible against diseases that can be prevented with vaccines.
We believe the vaccination schedule outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is well-researched and the most scientifically sound, as it provides the earliest and most robust protection plan for infants and toddlers. Based on that schedule, children should receive primary rounds of recommended vaccines by 2 years of age.
We are aware of no compelling scientific evidence to suggest that alternate or delayed vaccine schedules provide significant benefits to pediatric patients. In fact, delayed schedules put children at risk, increasing the length of time they are susceptible to diseases that vaccines can prevent. We also believe there is no compelling indication that vaccinations, as recommended by the CDC, ACIP and AAP, put undue stress on the immune systems of children, or that vaccines introduce too many antigens at any one time.
For parents who are concerned about vaccines, we urge you to schedule an appointment for a consultation with one of our physicians to discuss your questions.
Additional information and resources on childhood immunizations, including vaccine schedules are available below.