Pediatricians get tough on parents who are anti-vaccine
By Susana Victoria Perez, Veuer
As the school year kicks off, the issue of vaccinations is at the forefront once again -- and the nation's pediatricians are not being shy about urging parents to vaccinate their children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement deeming it "acceptable" for pediatricians to apply the "vaccinate or leave" policy as the hesitancy to vaccinate rises nationwide.
According to the organization, 87 percent of its members have been challenged within the last year by a parent who refused to vaccinate their children, compared to 75 percent in 2006.
The "vaccinate or leave" policy is considered a last resort, and pediatricians should educate parents about the benefits of immunization as early as the first prenatal visit to their practice.
The AAP suggests that pediatricians personalize the message as well by sharing their decision to vaccinate their own children and grandchildren.
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