Doctors Turn Away Unvaccinated Children
By: CPR @ Jan 12, 2016
The debate over vaccinations is a heated one. According to a 2015 article in CNN, 26 states have not met the federal government target of a vaccination rate for MMR of 95 percent. And, the vaccine exemption rate in certain states (including Vermont, Colorado, and Oregon) is higher than four percent. While the decision not to vaccinate may have started as a religious one, it is becoming a philosophical choice for some parents, many of whom say that childhood vaccines are dangerous or unnecessary.
But some pediatricians are saying enough is enough, and are turning away families whose children are unvaccinated in order to protect children that are too young to receive vaccines. If your child has been injured due to a disease outbreak of lack of medical care, a personal injury attorney can help you.
Pediatricians Turn Away Unvaccinated Children
As reported by a 2015 article in Philly.com, about one in five pediatricians have made the decision to not offer care to the children of families who have chosen not to vaccinate their kids. While the decision is a tough one—no pediatrician wants to deny children care—it is one that is being made to protect others in the community. This feeling has been reinforced by recent outbreaks of certain preventable diseases, such as a large measles outbreak at Disneyland.
The Importance of Vaccinations
The American Academy of Pediatrics is steadfast in its feelings about vaccinations; that the shots are absolutely necessary to protect the wellbeing of children and the community as a whole against certain disease outbreaks. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics is also opposed to turning away children based on parents’ decision to not vaccinate, stating that children deserve access to good medical care irrespective of their parents’ choices.
Immunize.org reports that during the past 50 years, vaccinations have saved more than a billion lives. And the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that if vaccinations were to cease, we would experience a massive disease comeback, with people starting to die from diseases like diphtheria, measles, and rubella. Further, vaccines are not just intended to protect the person who is vaccinated; rather, vaccines protect communities at large, preventing diseases that pass from person-to-person from being able to spread to those who have not been vaccinated, or cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical condition.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You
If you are the parent of a child who has not been vaccinated due to age or medical exemption, and your child becomes infected with a preventable disease due to other parents’ decision not to vaccinate, you may have fears and questions about what to do. You may also wonder if your rights have been violated if your child’s doctor refuses to treat him or her due to a religious or philosophical vaccine exemption. In either case, the attorneys at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. can help you to explore your options for recovering compensation and paying for the economic and noneconomic losses your family has suffered. To learn more, call our experienced Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys today at (215) 567-3500.
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