At Summit Pediatrics, we are dedicated to providing our patients the best possible medical care. We are committed to practicing medicine in compliance with the evidence-based practices established by national advisory organizations that include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Council on Immunization Practices. As pediatricians, we seek to help your child when they are ill, but the heart of what we do is work with parents to prevent illness. We believe that immunizing children and young adults may be the single most important preventative intervention we perform as health care providers and that you can perform as parents. Parents who choose not to immunize their children not only put their own child at risk of serious illness, but also all other children who are exposed to that child. We want our patients and their families to feel safe in our office, and not fear exposure to a preventable, deadly disease in our waiting room.
Based on all current scientific evidence, in numerous medical studies involving millions of children spanning multiple decades, it has been overwhelmingly shown that immunizations are safe and effective. Immunizations are necessary to prevent many serious, even deadly, illnesses.
Therefore, patients of Summit Pediatrics who are un-immunized or under-immunized have these options:
- You may begin immunizations as recommended by the CDC’s immunization “catch-up” schedule. We will happily work with you to create a personalized immunization schedule for your child. You will be expected to begin to comply with that schedule within ninety days.
- If you feel you cannot follow the recommendations for immunizations, we respectfully ask you to transfer your care from Summit Pediatrics to a health care provider who shares your views. Since we would not recommend a health care provider who doesn’t follow evidence-based recommendations, we do not keep a list of such providers.
Summit Pediatrics only accepts new patients who are either fully immunized (for age) or who will begin the CDC recommended “catch-up” immunizations schedule. Newborns will be expected to begin immunizations at their 2 month old well visit.
We recognize that this decision may be a very emotional one for some parents. We respect the rights of all parents to make decisions for their children. We understand that you, like us, want what is best for your child. If you do not plan on having your infant and child immunized as recommended by the CDC and required for daycare and school entry, then we respectfully ask you to find a physician who is willing to take this risk with you. We encourage you to contact us with questions or concerns about immunizations that you wish to address with us. Please schedule a separate appointment to discuss these concerns before your child is due for immunizations.
Tamara L. Peterson, DO Quyen Dam, MD Sara A. Myers, MD Stacy L. Hurt, CPNP Amy D. Phillips, CPNP
We look forward to serving your family with the best medical care possible. If you have more questions please contact our clinical operations manager, Traci Dickey at 816-525-2800 ext. 321 for more information.
Summit Pediatrics Immunization Schedule
2 months – Pediarix, Rotarix, HIB, Prevnar
4 months – Pediarix, Rotarix, HIB, Prevnar
6 months - Pediarix, HIB, Prevnar (Can get Flu if in season – 6 months is minimum age)
12 months – MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A
15 months – HIB, Prevnar, DTAP
18 months – Hepatitis A
4-5 years – ProQuad, Kinrix
11 years – TDaP, Meningitis, HPV
16 years – Meningitis ACYW, Meningitis B
***Pediarix (DTaP, IPV, HBV)
***ProQuad (MMR, Varicella)
***Kinrix (DTaP, IPV)
***6 months minimum age for flu vaccine