Doctor group declines care to unvaccinated

Toledo office won’t accept, treat unprotected children

Toledo Blade

7 June, 2014

Marlene Harris-Taylor

A Toledo pediatrician’s office has decided it will no longer accept or treat children whose parents object to them receiving childhood immunizations, a move that comes amid rising concern from the medical community that unvaccinated children are fueling the resurgence of childhood diseases, such as measles, nationally and in Ohio.

Franklin Park Pediatrics sent a letter last week to patients that said they have a year to comply with the new policy. “If you cannot or will not fully vaccinate your child/​children by June 1, 2015, please understand that you will choose to leave our practice (seek medical care elsewhere.)”

“Due to recent outbreaks of measles, mumps, and whooping cough, and a recent influx of unvaccinated children, we have decided to keep our office a safe environment,” said Dr. John McBride, who is one of six physicians in the Franklin Park Pediatrics group, which treats more than 14,000 patients. . . [Full text]

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