Unvaccinated Children will be refused as New Patients to Austin Regional Clinic

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In response to the recent measles outbreak in California, Austin’s largest private clinic system says that starting Wednesday, it will no longer accept children as new patients, if their parents or guardians don’t permit vaccination.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children with medical conditions that preclude vaccination, including those who have allergic reactions, will continue to be accepted at ARC, officials said. Austin Regional Clinic also said that for current pediatric patients who can be vaccinated but aren’t, doctors will discuss concerns and start scheduling children for catch-up vaccines to meet recommendations from the U.S.

“Parents who are unwilling to commit to a vaccination schedule will need to find another physician outside of ARC,” says a news release.

The tactic is a controversial one, which has been adopted by some pediatricians around the country, who say they no longer will place other patients at risk, including other children who are too young to be vaccinated and those with compromised immune systems. However, some parents say such policies usurp their right to make medical decisions for their children.

Outbreak in California

The outbreak in California started with a single case at Disneyland late last year. Between January 1 and May 29, measles had spread to 173 people from 21 states and the District of Columbia, according to the CDC report. The majority of cases were people who were not vaccinated…. MORE

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