At Pediatric Care Associates, we place tremendous value on the importance of vaccination against
human diseases as the most effective way to prevent illness, disease, disability and death. There are
many important vaccines offered to infants and children. They are all very safe and effective. Most of
them are required for entry into public school as part of Illinois state law. There are very good reasons
for this. More specific information about each vaccine is available on our Immunization page.
PCA has enacted a policy that we will no longer accept new patient families that will not agree to
vaccinate their children. We will continue to encourage our families to vaccinate according to the
recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics immunization schedule, as well as the
recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). These organizations
review the relevant, up-to-date scientific information in order to provide the best recommendations for
individuals and the population as a whole.
Alternative vaccine schedules are discouraged but will be allowed if all vaccines are eventually provided
in an acceptable and timely manner. Some vaccines, including those that are not required for school
entry in the State of Illinois, will be exempt from the mandatory vaccine policy at PCA. However, the
physicians strongly endorse all of the vaccines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics
and will continue to discuss the reasons why these vaccines are essential for the well-being of our