New Study: 1 in 5 Pediatricians Deny Care To Unvaccinated Patients

New Study: 1 in 5 Pediatricians Deny Care To Unvaccinated Patients

Wichita Falls, TX- Pediatricians at some Texoma doctors offices' refuse to treat children that are not vaccinated.

According to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, one-in-five pediatricians turn down care to families that refuse to have their children vaccinated

Researchers surveyed more than 800 pediatricians and family doctors, and 66 percent said that it is rare for a parent to refuse their child be vaccinated.

However, parents who believe in vaccinations are telling healthcare providers they do not want to take their children to a practice where kids who are not vaccinated are being treated.

Health experts said a measles outbreak earlier this year at Disneyland in California sparked this trend.

Newschannel 6 reached out to a couple of clinics and private doctors offices in Texoma to get their take on it.

One clinic declined to comment, citing that doctors may not feel comfortable undermining how another doctor chooses to practice medicine.

We also talked with a local practice who said that some of their doctors refuse to treat unvaccinated patients. For those who do, parents of the patients must sign a waiver acknowledging that they are going against the doctor's medical recommendations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disapprove in denying care to patients that are not vaccinated.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6