By Janet Levatin, MD, holistic pediatrician.
As a pediatrician, I offer school, camp, and sports physicals for children whose parents choose to not vaccinate. Many people do not know that vaccination is an elective procedure and is a choice… not a requirement. No matter what your child’s physician or school tells you, the law is clear on this point.
Vaccination laws vary by state, with most states offering a religious or philosophical exemption to parents. Ohio is one of the 19 progressive states that offers parents both philosophical and/or religious exemption options. Ohio law reads as follows: “A pupil who presents a written statement of the pupil’s parent or guardian in which the parent or guardian declines to have the pupil immunized for reasons of conscience, including religious convictions, is not required to be immunized.” This means that if you have examined the evidence, and decided the risk of the vaccine is greater than the risk of the illness, you can write a statement declining vaccines to submit to your local school. The law does not require you to state your specific philosophical or religious view, so you do not need to explain or defend your decisions.
Mayer Eisenstein, MD and his daughter, Jen Eisenstein, NP, of the Chicago Eisenstein Clinics also do not vaccinate children, and support a parent’s right to choose. Here is a quote about their work: “Dr. Eisenstein and his practice have cared for more than 50,000 children who were minimally or not vaccinated at all. There is virtually no autism, asthma, allergies, respiratory illness, or diabetes in his unvaccinated children, an impressive statistic when compared to national rates.”
My observations concur with the findings from Dr. Eisenstein’s practice. There is no doubt in my mind that vaccination contributes to these health problems, and more. It is important to educate yourself before submitting your child to any elective procedure, especially vaccination, which involves repeated injections of much foreign matter into the body. It is equally important to seek health care from a provider who supports the healthful ways you are raising your child.
I am here to answer your questions about healthful living while giving your child a check up, without any pressure to vaccinate. I view wellness visits, sports physicals and school check ups as a time to discuss nutrition, developmental milestones and wellness approaches for your child. It is a time for you AND your child to have a positive experience at a health care facility!
Call today to schedule your child’s annual checkup and get your forms signed for summer camp, sports programs, and the upcoming school year. One parent said to me recently, “Of course I bring my children to you…with your help, I am protecting my most precious investment!”