Report: More Doctors ‘Fire’ Vaccine Refusers

Families who reject inoculations told to find a new physician; contagion in waiting room is a fear.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Pediatricians fed up with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of concern it can cause autism or other problems increasingly are “firing” such families from their practices, raising questions about a doctor’s responsibility to these patients.

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…

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5 thoughts on “Report: More Doctors ‘Fire’ Vaccine Refusers”

  1. I was fascinated by a concept in an essay by the late Jonas Salk. There is a magic percentage (I recall lambda) that is quite high (that is close to 1) required for effective suppression. A trait has to be scarce so the probability of a vulnerable person not contacting a person with the trait. Unless the community has high vaccine uptake, the value of the vaccine is greatly reduced.

    A HA i said to myself, that is why the state can require vaccinations.

    I remember well when David Brinkly reported “It works.” That was a joyous result.

  2. I concur.
    I am a type 2 diabetic. MODY to be percise, so i am atypical of your stereotypical type 2 diabetic. A few years back I moved to a new community and choose found an endocrinologist.
    The doctor strongly pushed satins, again and again. Mind you, my Cholesterol levels are not bad at all. They were just a little high of the “new recommended lower levels for diabetics.” I refused based on the cost, concerns over side effects and skeptism over the relationship between cholesterol.
    The more I investigated, the more I found the relationship between drug manufacturers, insurance providers, doctors and “targets.”
    In the end, the doctor backed down. The satin blackmark may be next to my name, but I’m sure the rest of my “stats” improve the aggregate averages of the doctors clients. And yes, my cholesteral levels eventually improved – could be part getting “off the road”/travelling for work, part just normal test variation.

  3. I would like someone to explain how unvaccinated children are a risk to society. If those of us who have been vaccinated are protected, what’s the beef? Or are these vaccines not all they are cracked up to be?

  4. Expect to see an exponential increase in this type of coercive medicine. The government (get it through us and on our terms or do without) and junkscience leads the way, but it goes to insurance and to providers. The permutations (involving source and type of coercion and health / safety issue) are endless. Had your flu vaccine? Eat right? Smoke / drink much? Outdoor activities much? Sex much? Follow my orders much? Live with someone like that? Related to someone like that? Breed right?

    Used to be a doctor would treat an ailment as well as possible and only give up when treatement was refused. Sometimes his bill was paid. Now, the hippocratic oath is replaced by HHS, insurance company, and doctor’s rules. The flow of service is reversed to the provider, not the need.

    And no, I don’t think that vaccines cause autism. I just find it ironic that junskscience is the excuse to force compliance with a system being taken over by the junkscience of precautionary principles and imaginary bodies.

  5. I hate to think of families being “fired” by doctors, left to shift for themselves, to attempt to find another care provider, which, in some instances (for instance, for someone who owns restrictive insurance policy and lives in a rural setting) would be a real hardship.

    Still, if I were a doctor, I would fire those who refuse vaccines. Wait, I would curse them and thoroughly insult them first, and then scream, two inches from their noses, “YOU’RE FIRED!!! GET OUTTTTT!!!!”

    There’s no excuse for this kind of malarkey, and the cultural icons who promote this backward mentality are shameful creatures, indeed.

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