Discussion in 'The Toddler Years(1-3)' started by fancybeltran, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. fancybeltran

    fancybeltran Well-Known Member

    I wanted to asked all parents out there if you have had this situation.

    My daughter has been sick pretty much every time she needs to get her vaccines done.

    Her DR doesnt give her vaccines. Which I agree with? But now that she is 18 months some of the vaccines she is suppose to have she can not get them.

    I just moved to NC.

    The DR she is currently seeing is seeing a Family Practioner not a Pedicatrian.

    I tried to move her from there and they are giving me so many problems about transferring her to a Pedicatrian.

    Her DR says she can only get her 18 months.

    How can I stand up for her and her health?
  2. sharongl

    sharongl Well-Known Member

    I think you are saying that your daughter has been sick on days she was to get vaccines, so her pediatrician couldn't give them at that time, and now she is behind?

    If that is the case, I would bring her vaccination record to the new doctor, and tell him that you want her caught up in her vaccines. Make it clear that she is behind due to illness when she was due for the shots. I think once he sees her record, and gets the reasons, he should come up with a schedule that would catch her up. Not being a pediatrician shouldn't make a difference as far as this is concerned.

    Good luck!
  3. piccologirl

    piccologirl Well-Known Member

    you stand up for her health by being her advocate. the doctor is not in charge, you are. he works for you. he provides a service for you.

    i'm going to make a really bad analogy here. say you took your car to a mechanic to have the oil changed. he's an expert in cars and you aren't, that's why you pay him for his services. let's say for some reason your mechanic tells you he doesn't want to change your oil because the timing isn't right. but YOU know how many miles are on your car, and you know it's time for an oil change. would you just meekly drive away and drive on a car that needs servicing? no. you'd either tell him to do it or you'd take your car to another garage and hopefully the next mechanic will be more respectful of your wishes.

    don't do any less for your child. most medicine isn't set in stone. if you don't understand why he does things a particular way, make him explain it. and he cannot make you stay at his practice if you want to transfer. simply make an appointment at a pediatrician's office and have the office call his office to transfer the records. they can't legally hold your records.

    this is your child's health. you're in charge. the doctor is not.
  4. becasquared

    becasquared Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    From having worked in a pediatrician's office a long time ago, I will tell you this. . .

    No matter how delayed they are in receiving their shots, there are none that can't be given later than the suggested age.

    Of course, if they say that they can only do the 18 month shots, I'm thinking that pretty much means that the shots that they will give her will be repeated later and they can't give her two doses at once, so you'll still have to come back in and get the additional vaccine. It's kind of hard to say without seeing the specifics,

    And what piccologirl said about finding a pediatrician. Just go and make an appointment with one. Get your shot and health records from your old pediatrician.
  5. ladybutterflyrose

    ladybutterflyrose Well-Known Member

    Do you have a health care plan where you need a written referral to see a pediatrician, or another kind of specialist? If so, see you if you can switch your primary dr. Also, many healthy dept.'s give vax's too, so you can always take them there. You definitely have some options!
  6. jasonsmommy

    jasonsmommy Well-Known Member

    We missed our 2 month shots due to a fever.. Went back a couple weeks later for them, no biggie. However, I had to make sure their 4 month shots were at least 42 days after that set.
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