Sunshine Pediatrics

Sunshine Pediatrics of Central Florida, PL
Richard Rodriguez, MD (a.k.a. Dr. Rich)
210 Lookout Place
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone 407-215-0400
Fax 407-215-0402
"The doctor kids love and parents trust"

                          Vaccine Schedule
I recommend the immunization schedule of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which is also the schedule endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  There is no evidence that this immunization schedule is not in the best interest of most infants.  However, I do understand that parents are concerned with giving so many vaccinations.  As a physician, I stress the importance of parents being informed of evidence-based healthcare information and safety for their child.  It's my job to inform parents about available protection for your child against preventable diseases.  Once I've done my best to inform parents, it's the parent's job to make decisions about their child's preventative healthcare.  Because of my understanding of parents' concerns, if a parent is more comfortable following an alternate vaccine schedule, I'm willing to work with the parents.  I am familiar with the Dr. Sears schedules and others.  I believe in informed choice, personal responsibility and respecting the parents decision. However, it is the policy of this office to have patients' parent sign Sunshine Pediatrics Vaccine Policy when they become patients of this office. As well a parent must sign the American Academy of Pediatrics Refusal to Vaccinate Form every time they decline a CDC/AAP scheduled vaccine. This policy is non-negotiable. We do not take patients who challenge our policy and will discharge patients from the practice if this policy is not complied with.

Sunshine Pediatrics Vaccine Policy                       American Academy of Pediatrics Refusal to Vaccinate Form             

To help better inform parents, I have selected some websites that offer evidence-based information on vaccines.

What Parents Need to Know:
READING these CDC information sheets before well-child visits will help expedite your office visits

For FLORIDA STATE REGULATIONS regarding vaccines,


Center for Disease Control - National Immunization Program  (Vaccine Information Statements are available here in pdf form, text form and audio form)  At a Glance: Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever (before each dose) certain vaccinations are given.

How Breastmilk Protects Newborns  (Baby's First Immunizations..Breastmilk)

Info on vaccines for traveling to foreign countries

Learn more about Vaccines and Download FREE Tool to help track vaccines.
 Quantities of Aluminum in Vaccines
Pneumococcal vaccine
0.125 mg/dose
Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine
< 0.17 to < 0.625 mg/dose
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine
0.225 mg/dose
Hib/ Hep B vaccine
0.225 mg/dose
Hepatitis A vaccine (Hep A)
0.225 to 0.25 mg/dose (pediatrics)
0.45 to 0.5 mg/dose (adults)
Hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B)
0.25 to 0.5 mg/dose
Hep A/ Hep B vaccine
0.45 mg/dose
DTaP/inactivated polio/ Hep B vaccine
< 0.85 mg/dose

Quantities of Aluminum in Other Things
Breast milk
0.04 milligrams per liter (mg/L)
Ponds, lakes, streams
0.1 mg/L
Infant formula
0.225 mg/L
Soy-based formula
0.46 to 0.93 mg/L
Buffered aspirin
10 to 20 mg/tablet
104-208 mg/tablet
Given the quantities of aluminum we are exposed to on a daily basis

 CDC Vaccine Schedule Birth to age 18 years


 CDC Catch-up Vaccine Schedule

This information is for educational purposes only and it should be used only as a guide.
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