Some pediatricians refuse to treat kids if parents reject vaccines, study finds

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More than half of pediatricians’ offices in the United States included in a new study published in the medical journal JAMA reported having a dismissal policy for families who refuse to vaccinate their children. Some physicians say this house policy is a way to encourage parents to vaccinate their children, while many also use it as a safeguard against unvaccinated kids who might endanger their other patients. “This study among US pediatricians showed that the practice of dismissing families who refuse vaccines for their children was common, with half of pediatricians reporting their office has a dismissal policy, although fewer personally dismiss patients,” said the study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus that released Tuesday.Researchers conducted a survey from April to July 2019 among US pediatricians to assess their current practices, experiences and office policies regarding the dismissal of families who refuse or ask to “spread out” vaccinations.More than half — 51% — of the 303 pediatricians involved in the research reported that their office had a policy to dismiss families if a vaccine was refused. However, only 37% reported doing this themselves. That number was higher than a similar study done in 2012, which found only 21% of pediatricians …

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