My son, who is a little over 2 yrs old, is fully vaccinated (minus flu shots). My 7 month old daughter has only received her 2 months shots and I am not going to have either child recieve any additional vaccines. Due to severe eczema and other problems (blood in her stool) that began immediately after her last set of shots, I researched the actual ingredients of vaccines and my husband and I do not want that stuff injected into our kids. I have been able to avoid a big argument with her current doctor by saying that I wanted to go to an allergist and pinpoint all of her allergies before consenting to any additional vaccines. He was fine with this until he realized that she is actually two sets of shots behind now and took a totally different tone with me.
We are currently on the waitlist for Dr. Ramsdell in Cary, but I have no idea how long that list is (I am guessing quite lengthy) We are actually in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines area. I am willing to drive as far as necessary to be able to take my children to a doctor who won't attempto to force vaccines on our family. We have Tricare Prime, so I know that limits us. I am willing to switch to Standard if necessary or even pay out of pocket. Thank you for any suggestions.
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Anyways, I found at least two pediatricians in Fayetteville that will delay/not vaccinate. However the one had a long waiting list and the other would not take Tricare Prime. What we ended up doing is, since my husband asked some workmates, is going to Womack to Family Care. I know it is huge there and you don't get to see the same Dr every time, but you have total control over vaccinations. You choose if you want to vaccinate. The appointments we had there so far were actually pretty thorough and personal (contrary to my friend's app who goes to Pinehurst Family Care, the Doc only took 5 min for the whole check up). The other option is to go to a Pediatrician who doesn't take Prime and pay the difference!
Sophko, thank you for responding to my post! Pinehurst Family Care is where we go currently. We have gone to several doctors at the practice and while ours is nice enough, I don't think he is going to work with us on delaying or skipping vaccines altogether. We would have to go to Clark Clinic if we do go on post. I know that they send you over to a separate area for shots after the well child checks, but in your experience, do they tend to badger you about shots during your child's appointment? We used to go there for my son's appointments until we moved out of Raeford, but he was vaccinated on schedule. Which Fayetteville practices did you find? We will switch to Standard or pay out of pocket if it would mean they wouldn't try to force them on us :)
The pediatrician which is cool with no vax that our midwife told us about is Legacy Pediatrics in Fayetteville. I forgot now if they accept prime... You would have to call and ask. And always double check on no vax, never know if they change policies...I can give you the other one in a few days, we are abroad right now and I have to go through my old emails for that. Hope that helps!
Thank you so much! According to Tricare's site, they do accept Prime and are accepting new patients so I will call them first thing on Monday to confirm that and feel them out on the vaccination issue.