Dr. Vernon feels passionately about routine vaccination for his patients and his own children. He believes that our ability to prevent what used to be devastating illnesses like measles, polio, tetanus, and h. flu meningitis is nothing short of miraculous. Along with handwashing and antibiotics, vaccinations have been one of the biggest medical breakthroughs in the history of mankind. Should we become "lax" in our feelings on this as pediatricians, we will inevitably see some of these diseases return- like "clusters" of measles cases in California and Brooklyn, or polio in the middle east.
Dr. Vernon has also seen firsthand what these diseases can do, as his grandmother was wheelchair bound from polio her entire life after contracting polio during a trip to the local swimming pool as an infant in the 1910's. Additionally, Dr. Vernon believes in the timing of these vaccinations as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. These are time-tested and extremely well studied vaccines that are known to be incredibly safe. In addition to the dangers of "spacing out" some of these vaccinations like MMR, especially as children begin to travel to areas where outbreaks have occured, the "pain" and "PTSD" of bringing children back every 2-8 weeks to the pediatrician's office for "alternate schedules" and "extra" needle-pokes is unfortunately not something he can accommodate.
Thus, if you are strongly opposed to vaccination and/or interested in an "alternate schedule" we would encourage you to find the right medical home for your family elsewhere. No judgement or hard feelings! Immunization is a personal decision and feelings may vary here.