By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOKvaccine 'Firing' your family's pediatrician is one thing, but a new trend finds pediatricians 'firing' patients. It isn't for failing to pay their bills, being overbearing, or even tearing out recipe clips from magazines in the waiting room. These days, the Wall Street Journal reports that up to 30% of pediatricians have admitted they ask some families to leave their practice for refusing to vaccinate their children.
Related: 25 Snacks Under 150 CaloriesThese doctors, who are greatly in demand thanks to a shortage of pediatricians, cite concerns ranging from financial pressures to no time to deal with "recalcitrant" parents. Many doctors are bringing up another concern in the latest survey: "A major factor [in asking the families to leave] was the concern that unimmunized children could pose a danger in the waiting room to infants or sick children who haven't yet been fully vaccinated."
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