Vaccines are one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to parenting today. In recent years, many parents have opted not to vaccinate due to concerns over the shots causing autism. (Andrew Wakefield, the former doctor who spearheaded these fears with his 1998 research paper, lost his medical license after it was found that he lied about his findings.)
Pediatrician Dr. Mike Ginsberg posted a stern message about his opinion of “anti-vaxxers” (families who opt not to vaccinate) on his Facebook page back in 2015. The message gained attention at the time, and it’s going viral all over again.
“In my practice, you will vaccinate and you will vaccinate on time,” Ginberg’s post, which has since been taken down, begins. He continued on to say that parents who choose not to vaccinate will be asked to leave his practice. What’s more: “I will file a CPS [child protective services] report (not that they will do anything) for medical neglect, too,” he writes.
Here’s his message in full:
“In my practice you will vaccinate and you will vaccinate on time. You will not get your own ‘spaced-out’ schedule that increases your child’s risk of illness or adverse event. I will not have measles-shedding children sitting in my waiting room. I will answer all your questions about vaccine and present you with facts, but if you will not vaccinate then you will leave my practice. I will file a CPS report (not that they will do anything) for medical neglect, too.
I have patients who are premature infants with weak lungs and hearts. I have kids with complex congenital heart disease. I have kids who are on chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia who cannot get all of their vaccines. In short, I have patients who have true special needs and true health issues who could suffer severe injury or death because of your magical belief that your kid is somehow more special than other children and that what’s good for other children is not good for yours. This pediatrician is not putting up with it.
Never have, never will.”
Wow. Tell us how you really feel, Dr. Ginsberg!
It’s great that he felt comfortable sharing his opinion so openly and honestly, and that he is being completely transparent with his patients. Before choosing a doctor, especially a pediatrician, it’s really important to know where they stand on major issues like these.
This is a particularly important topic for doctors to address as some parents might worry about bringing their children to a office where other pediatric patients are not vaccinated while others may prefer to work with a doctor who’s open to a more flexible vaccination schedule.
Despite the fact that the link between vaccines and autism has been debunked by a range of credible sources, many parents still remain fearful and the number of un-vaccinated kids is on the rise. Besides autism, anti-vax parents also worry about their child’s immune system being overloaded, or about their discomfort when it comes to undergoing the injections.
And while it certainly can be hard to watch your little one being injected with several shots, the most recent research shows that vaccines are indeed life-saving. A study just published in the journal Pediatrics found that the flu vaccine actually halves the risk of death in children who contract influenza.
What do you think? Was Dr. Ginsberg wrong to take such a hard line about vaccinations, or do you think that he should be applauded for taking this stance?