Vaccines

vaccination

We support childhood vaccination so that your child is protected from harmful and potentially fatal diseases. While vaccines are necessary for the health of our patients and communities, we believe parents should have the option to adopt a customized vaccination schedule, different from the one recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Routine Vaccination Schedules

The routine vaccination schedule is determined by the CDC and AAP and it provides guidelines for vaccinations including:

  • When to immunize children against certain diseases
  • How often to vaccinate children
  • The lowest possible vaccine dose for effective disease prevention

Integrative Medicine and Routine Vaccinations

We acknowledge that immunizations are one of the first major health related decisions that parents make for their children and should be carefully considered. While the CDC and AAP recommend a one size fits all approach, at GetzWell we are able to customize a schedule that is right for your child. We want to help you come to the best decision possible. We respect families’ choices regarding their child’s healthcare and immunizations, and our board-certified pediatricians can help to formulate an individualized vaccination approach based on:

  • Your family’s and child’s unique risk profile
  • Travel plans and vaccinations necessary to enter foreign countries
  • School-required immunizations

We respect your choices as a parent and can provide you with an in-depth consultation upon request. Additionally, for an extra fee, GetzWell pediatricians will provide vaccine only consultations to non-members of the practice.

Preventing Pain and Discomfort During Vaccinations

Our integrative medicine approach means that we take extra steps to ensure your child’s health and safety before, during, and post-vaccination. We will advise you on how to build your child’s immune system so that the vaccines are most effective and will provide guidance for non-pharma pain and fever control after shots should your child need them. During your child’s vaccination visit we will:

  • Encourage breastfeeding during their immunizations which blunts their pain perception
  • Suggest other soothing practices for non-breastfeeding babies
  • Reduce pain for older children with the help of a “shot blocker” and “Buzzy the Bee

We want to make your child’s experience as positive as possible. We never recommend Tylenol premedication, as this is unnecessary and may blunt the immune system’s ability to respond properly to the vaccines!

Open Access Membership

At GetzWell Pediatrics, we use an open access membership to avoid interference from insurance companies. That means we can spend more time getting to know you and your child without having to jump through the hoops of a traditional medical practice. GetzWell Pediatrics was rated the top pediatrician in San Francisco for 2014 and Silver Pick for 2015’s Parents Pick.

Download this PDF for more information about open access membership. For more information about vaccinations, call us today at (415) 826-1701.