Family Practitioner Questions Vaccinations

Can a family doctor administer a vaccine for children?

My 2 year old daughter still needs to have very important vaccines. Her pediatrician's office is filled with appointments. Is it okay my doctor, who has been my family doctor for years, to give her these vaccines?

7 Answers

Yes, most family practice offices see children down to the level of very young infants and giving routine vaccinations is common. Unless your doctor very specifically does not see children, there should be no issue (some family doctors choose to restrict the scope of their practices for various reasons - no women's health, no kids, no hospital, etc). It can vary.

Most family doctors see children - it's rare that they don't - and if this doctor does then that clinic will stock the necessary vaccines and can give the shots with no problem.
Yes as long as your family doctor has vaccines it is perfectly fine to take your daughter to your family doctor.
Yes, he can. Make sure you have a list of what she needs and he does give childhood vaccines. Also, check if the pediatrician's nurse can give the vaccines she needs and come back later for a well-child check. Most family practices do, but some refer to the health department.
Absolutely! I would make sure to call the office first to ensure that they have all the vaccines that she needs, and to bring your vaccination record with you.

Dr. Allen
Yes, family practitioners are fully capable of managing pediatric adolescent and adult immunizations
Yes, they can. Not all do! Costly to purchase the vaccines if not seeing a great amount of kids. You have to purchase in bulk and get your money back with billing for the vaccine to the insurance companies. Soooo... ask your family doc!

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Dr. Onika A. Popo-James, D.O.