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Immunizations General

Our Philosophy on Immunizations

At the Children's Clinic, we pride ourselves on providing high quality care aligned with medical best practices. With this in mind, it is our practice's policy to verify and update your child’s immunizations at every patient encounter. We strongly support immunizations for all children and believe that immunizing kids is the most important act we perform as pediatric healthcare providers.

Every physician and provider at the Children's Clinic follows the CDC guidelines for immunizations. Furthermore, we all make sure to immunize our own children and families in accordance with this schedule.

Children's Clinic Immunization Policy Statement

Dear Children's Clinic Patients,

We stand behind immunizations.
We are confident in the effectiveness of immunizations to prevent serious illness. Immunizations are safe and it has been proven that they do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. 

Our providers immunize their children according to the standard immunization schedule.
Delaying or “breaking up the immunizations” to give one or two at a times goes against expert recommendations, can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death), and goes against our medical advice. The recommended immunization schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics is the result of years of scientific study and data gathering, and has saved the lives of thousands of children. 

Immunizations protect your friends and our community.
By not immunizing your child you are jeopardizing the health of our community and placing vulnerable children at greater risk; an unimmunized child can carry and spread life-threatening germs to others. Children at risk of getting sick includes newborns, young children who have not yet completed their immunizations, children with an immunodeficiency who are not allowed to get all the immunizations, and some children with cancer. Pregnant women are also at increased risk. We see all these patients in our exam rooms and they all sit in our waiting rooms. We believe it is our job to protect these patients and the health of the community.

Immunizations are a safe way to protect your child from deadly diseases. 
It is precisely because immunizations are so effective at preventing illness that many of you have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. However, since many children have not been immunized over the past several years, some of these diseases are now making a come back. Montana has seen outbreaks of pertussis (“whooping cough”) and measles. Measles cases are the highest they have been in 20 years in the US. In other countries, there has also been a rise in polio – a disease that has not been seen in the United States since 1979. In a world connected by plane travel, it will take just one traveler to risk resurgence of polio in the United States. We've seen this all too clearly with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Immunizations are a safe and important part of your child's health.
We firmly believe that immunizing children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.

We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you, but to emphasize the importance of immunizing your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to reassure you that immunizing your child according to the recommended schedule is the right thing to do.

Thank you for your attention in reading the facts on immunizations and please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about immunizations with any one of us.

Sincerely, 
Your providers at the Children's Clinic

Decision Not to Immunize

Unfortunately, some parents will decide not to give their child some or all immunizations. Parents refusing to immunize are required to fill out and sign our Decision Not to Immunize My Child form.

Immunizations for International Travel

While the Children's Clinic stocks and administers all routine childhood immunizations, we do not stock the less common immunizations recommended for international travel. RiverStone Health is our community's expert on travel immunization.

If you plan to travel overseas, contact RiverStone to determine if you and your children can protect yourselves against many serious illnesses by making sure you have the proper immunizations. Give yourself four to six weeks prior to your trip to complete all necessary immunizations. Travel immunizations are available by appointment only. Contact RiverStone at 406-247-3382 to schedule an appointment. 

RiverStone Health Immunization Clinic
123 South 27th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
Phone: 406.247.3382
Fax: 406.651.6460

Hours: Monday 1pm-4:30pm; Wednesday 11am-5:30pm; Friday 1pm-4:30pm

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