St. Joseph Primary Care Vaccine Statement
We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.
We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence, and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as healthcare providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and the vaccine schedule are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.
While we encourage childhood immunizations, we also recognize and respect a parent’s right to make choices regarding your child’s healthcare. Our hope is to provide information and answer questions to help you make a good decision for you and your child. We strive to partner with you in your child’s care, without judgment and with sound reasoning.
Please approach any of our providers or clinical staff with questions you may have regarding immunizations. They want to help you make an informed and appropriate decision for your child. We have also provided a schedule of recommended immunizations based upon age. In a partnership with Idaho, we offer all recommended childhood immunizations in a safe, friendly environment.
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These statements explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to adult and child vaccine recipients.