Immunization Policy

Dear Parents:

Palmetto Pediatrics views the physician-patient relationship as critically important to the ability of our physicians to provide appropriate and safe care. This relationship relies on trust from both parties.

We feel by not vaccinating your child(ren), you do not trust our values, philosophies, or the science involved in providing safe and effective care. Although we respect your decision not to immunize your child(ren), we do not agree and feel you are placing your child(ren) and others at great risk.

Below are the immunizations required to remain a patient of Palmetto Pediatrics:

Immunization Required Maximum Age
to Begin Immunizing
Minimum Number
of Doses
Other Notes
DTaP 4 months 5 3 doses by 9 m
4 doses by 24 m
5 doses by 6yo
IPV/Polio 4 months 4 2 doses by 9 m
3 doses by 24 m
4 doses by 6yo
HIB/Prevnar 4 months 4 of each 3 doses by 9 m
4 doses by 24 m
MMR 16 months 2 1 dose by 16 m
2 doses by 6yo
Varicella/Chickenpox 16 months 2 1 dose by 16 m
2 doses by 6yo
Tdap/Meningococcal 13 years 1 of each 1 dose by 13yo
Hepatitis B Must meet SC
requirements for
daycare and school
3 3 doses by 6yo

Children under five years and above one year of age who are not yet immunized are required to begin the MMR, Varicella, Polio, and DTaP immunization series within 60 days of receipt of this policy and be “up-to-date” with the recommended CDC “catch-up” schedule within one year of beginning these immunizations.

Children greater than five years of age and teens who are beginning to be immunized are required to begin MMR, Varicella, Polio, and appropriate Pertussis (Tdap or DTaP) immunizations within 60 days of receipt of this policy and complete the recommended CDC “catch-up” schedule within one year of beginning these immunizations.

Although we are not requiring the HPV, Hepatitis A, or Rotavirus vaccines at this time, we strongly encourage you to receive these vaccinations.

If we are unable to reach an understanding on appropriate immunization, we ask that you find a pediatrician whose values align with yours within the next 60 days.

Palmetto Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic

Downtown Office

803-779-4001

Harbison Office

803-732-0140

Northeast Office

803-788-4886

Blythewood Office

803-788-6360

Lexington Office

803-358-2370