Vaccine Information

Dr. Lieberman is strongly in favor of childhood vaccines. She also understands that parents make their own choices. Fairmount Pediatrics offers excellent care to all patients regardless of their vaccine status. All patients should follow the recommended well-visit schedule, even if they’re not receiving all vaccines.

Click here for a list of other pediatric offices located in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, and Delaware County that also accept patients not receiving all vaccines.

Before your child receives any vaccines, it is important to read the Vaccine Information Statement on each one. They can be printed out for you in the office, or you can find them at the CDC website by clicking here.

Pertussis vaccines for parents

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a common disease that causes prolonged cough. Babies catch it from the adults and teens in their households. You were probably vaccinated for this when you were young, but immunity wanes over time. It’s now recommended that all parents of babies and young children be re-vaccinated for pertussis. If you had a tetanus shot in the past two years, you received a pertussis vaccine as part of that. If not, you are due! Read more at this link.

The easiest way to get the pertussis vaccine is to visit the Rite Aid next door to the office and request a Tdap vaccine. They take most insurances and can give the vaccine without an appointment. Alternatively, you can visit your own doctor to get the Tdap vaccine to keep the babies in our lives healthy!

How do vaccines work?

Have questions about vaccines?

Here’s a reliable site where you can find answers: American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization site.

Here’s a page explaining vaccine ingredients, including why they are needed.

From the CDC, here’s a list of vaccine ingredients, sorted by vaccine. I carry Sanofi-Pasteur and Merck vaccines, including Pentacel, Act Hib, Daptacel, and Rotateq.

More good websites for information about vaccines:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Immunization Action Coalition

American Academy of Pediatrics information on vaccines

When should your child get vaccinated?

Our Well Visit schedule matches the recommended vaccination schedule. You can find detailed vaccination schedules here, including printable PDFs of schedules for babies & children and adolescents & teens.

Are you worried about side effects or after effects from vaccines?

Here’s a clear, useful summary of studies on vaccine safety.

Unvaccinated vs vaccinated children have been compared in a large study in Germany. The study found that the only difference between the two groups was that unvaccinated children had a higher rate of vaccine-preventable disease. There was no difference in other infectious diseases nor in allergic or autoimmune diseases. Here’s the link to the study.

Do vaccines cause developmental problems?

If they did, then children who are vaccinated would have more developmental problems than children who are not vaccinated. Here’s an article showing that children who received vaccines on time are the same, neuropsychologically, as children who received them late or not at all.

Do vaccines cause autism?

If they did, then kids who are vaccinated would have higher rates of autism than kids who are not vaccinated. But that is not the case. Here’s an article summarizing studies on vaccines and autism.

Do vaccines harm the immune system?

If they did, then children who are vaccinated would get more colds than children who are not vaccinated. Here are study results showing that early vaccine exposure does not increase risk of infections.

Does getting vaccines increase the risk of later developing asthma?

If it did, then children who are not vaccinated would have a lower rate of asthma than those who are vaccinated. Here are three relevant studies from Pediatrics, The Journal of Pediatrics, and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal (sign up for a free Medscape login to read the whole article).

Hib is one of the most serious diseases in infancy which can be prevented by vaccine. Many people who are hesitant about vaccines still accept the Hib vaccine. You can learn more about it here:

Hib information from the California Department of Public Health

Hib information from the Centers for Disease Control

Hib vaccine recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control

Why is vitamin K given to newborns? Is this necessary?

Yes, Vitamin K is necessary for newborns. It prevents hemorrhagic disease.

Why is the HPV vaccine controversial?

The HPV vaccine is safe and effective, and it has decreased the infection rate of the human papilloma virus by over 90% in those who have received the vaccine. Rates of cancer caused by HPV have already been shown to be decreasing as a result of the vaccine. Unfortunately, it was introduced to the public in a highly politicized way, which led to distrust in the vaccine. Here’s an article about how the vaccine was introduced, and here are useful questions & answers from the CDC about the vaccine.

Pediatric offices that accept patients not receiving all vaccines:

Advocare Main Line Pediatrics: Koehler Melanie MD 610-642-9200 701 Montgomery Ave, Penn Valley, PA 19072
Alleghany Avenue Pediatric Center 215-423-2030 2623 E Allegheny Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 215-590-1000 3401 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104
CHOP Karabots, Pediatrics Care Center, West Philadelphia 267-425-9800 4865 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139
CHOP Primary Care, Cobbs Creek 215-476-2223 225 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19139
CHOP Primary Care, Roxborough 215-483-3444 5003 Umbria St, Philadelphia, PA 19128
CHOP Primary Care, South Philadelphia 215-467-5870 1700 S Broad St #301, Philadelphia, PA 19145
CHOP Primary Care, Springfield 610-604-0888  1001 Baltimore Pike Suite 208, Springfield, PA 19064
Hatboro Pediatrics, PC 215-441-5670 483 E County Line Rd, Hatboro, PA 19040
Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Collegeville 484-302-5493 100 Campus Dr, Building A, Collegeville, PA 19426
Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Concordville 610-358-2410 1020 Baltimore Pike Suite 300, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Primary Care, Philadelphia 215-861-8800 833 Chestnut St #300, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Pediatric Associates of Plymouth 610-489-2229 3031 Walton Rd C101, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Pediatric Care Group PC 215-885-8700 261 Old York Rd # 620, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Pediatrics & Preventive Medicine Associates, P.C. 215-471-7000 4035 Powelton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
PHA Pediatrics 215-452-0304 2085 N 63rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19151
Premier Pediatrics 215-423-1011 2346 E Allegheny Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134
St. Christopher’s Hospital-Children 215-427-5000 160 E Erie Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Tri-County Pediatrics (Chalfont) 215-822-1770 140 E Butler Ave, Chalfont, PA 18914
Tri-County Pediatrics (Elkins Park) 215-884-5715 1939 W Cheltenham Ave, Elkins Park, PA 19027
Tri-County Pediatrics (Huntingdon Valley) 215-379-3022 821 Huntingdon Pike #207, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Tri-County Pediatrics (Philadelphia) 215-676-5577 9121 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tri-County Pediatrics (Southhampton) 215-322-0800 729 Grove Ave Suite 1, Southampton, PA 18966
Tri-County Pediatrics (Warminster) 215-672-7272 205 Newtown Rd, Warminster, PA 18974