Some doctors refuse to treat unvaccinated patients
LOS ANGELES — One California doctor has posted a clear notice that his practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.
It’s a sentiment echoed by a small number of doctors who in recent years have “fired” patients who continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism.
The strategy comes amid the nation’s second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with 95 cases or more since last month, most of them traced directly or indirectly to Disneyland in Southern California.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says doctors should respect a parent’s wishes unless there’s a significant risk to the child.
However, if the relationship between patient and doctor becomes unworkable, the pediatrics academy says, the doctor may want to encourage the vaccine refuser to go to another physician.