By Daily Mail News reporter
When parents refuse to vaccinate their children one doctor reluctantly shows them the door.
Andrew Lieber, a paediatrician with Rose Paediatrics in Denver, tries to convince his clients to see the benefits of immunisation but if they still refuse he takes a very hard line.
‘By four months, if I can’t help you come to terms with the scientific fact that vaccines are helpful, then I’ve done about all I can do to educate you,’ he told MedPage Today.
‘I feel like I have a bigger responsibility to all the other kids walking through my waiting room.’
Dr Lieber said he has to turn people away because of the vaccination issue a couple of times a year.
He’s not the only one.
According to the American Academy of Paediatrics many physicians say they see colleagues refusing to treat children who have not been vaccinated.
In an Academy survey from 2001 23 per cent said of medical practitioners said they ‘always’ or ‘sometimes’ tell parents to go elsewhere if they refuse to have their child vaccinated.
The Academy has said it is ethical to dismiss patients who refuse to get their children vaccinated and even offers a clinical guideline and online help on how to handle the issue.