A pediatric practice in South Carolina would deny unvaccinated patients as part of a new policy to protect patients whose immune system is weakened.
"The fact that unvaccinated children go to a pediatric office where many children are at very high risk of contracting vaccine-related illnesses seems completely inappropriate," said Dr. Marc Bahan, MD, CPG Pediatrics. at Carolina Forest, at WMBF-TV. "We have cancer chemotherapy patients …. We have patients coming here with serious congenital heart disease. All of these patients can potentially die if they contract one of these diseases. "
Tamara Pickett, who told the newspaper that she had chosen CPG Pediatrics for her daughter because they were accepting unvaccinated patients, said she had asked for proof of the new policy after that. She had been told that she could not continue to go to the office if her child was not vaccinated.
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The shift in practice comes as part of a lively debate on immunization in the country as health officials struggle to cope with several measles outbreaks that have appeared in several states.
According to the WMBF, practice has indicated that their policy complies with the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In a previous statement on the AAP website, the group – together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Family Physicians – recommended "to recommend to all children of receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12-15 months and again at 4-6 years.
"High vaccination rates in a community will protect those who can not be vaccinated, including infants under 12 months of age.These infants are at greatest risk for serious illness, hospitalization and death due to measles."
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Yvonne Maldonado, Vice Chair of the AAP Infectious Disease Committee, said in the same statement that delaying immunization "leaves children vulnerable to measles when it is extremely dangerous for their development and that It also affects the whole community ".
The 50 states have laws requiring specific vaccines for students, but almost all allow for religious exemptions and many grant philosophical exemptions. Several states are considering changing their immunization exemption policies to try to control epidemics.
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The highly contagious virus was eliminated in the United States in 2000, but since the beginning of the year this year, there have been 159 cases in 159 states, the vast majority of them unvaccinated. The virus is the biggest risk for pregnant women, babies and people with weakened immune systems.