Thought you'd share my frustration that occurred during my child's well-visit....
Cath, per your suggestion in a previous blog, ped had no clue what I was referencing for a "pink or yellow" vaccination master record, especially useful for travels or moving, so all vaxes would be in one place....he will have to get back to me...I tried to kindly explain to him, a doctor's signature is what makes that very helpful and valid, and not just my "home" copy that I keep (thank God).
Also, same ped, was not aware that Pentacel is not technically licensed beyond the 5th birthday or for 4-6 y.o. booster. I HAD to show HIM the PI!!! He had no real response (other than "I've given it before in home school situations - WHAT?) and had no refute, when I then specifically asked for Daptacel and separate IPV.
Really, is this what has become of years of med school for some, not to mention he is an infectious disease "specialist?"
Lesson here, once again, I will continue to be my child's best advocate, as I question just about anything medical....
Thanks for helping me along. Best to you both and your families.
Hi Amber - oh, I can SO commiserate! When we moved here, I tried to discuss the kids' boosters with the new doctor. I went on for 10 minutes about how they were 9 and 5 years old and what vaccines they had had, yada yada and then he went away and got me the INFANT vaccination schedule! Groan! There are more competent doctors in the practice though, phew. We just always have to be on our toes... you did well!
I'm sorry Amber. You may not be able to get a colour-coded vaccine master list but you can get them to give you a print out, just call the office manager and ask for a list of vaccinations. I'm also sorry that you felt uncomfortable with your paed's information; they don't learn vaccine minutiae in med school, that is true. However, vaccine issues and parental concerns is something that is starting to get taught in medical schools, started by, of all people, Dr. Paul Offit at UPenn. You ARE the best person to keep track of your child's vaccinations so keep up the good work.