Vaccine Policy

Please read our important VACCINE LETTER here…

  • We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.
  • We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines
  • We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
  • We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.
  • We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers.

Our office policy regarding the recommended vaccines and the optimal schedule to administer them is based on years and years of scientific study and data-gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians. These things being said, we recognize that there has always been and will likely always be controversy surrounding vaccination. Indeed, Benjamin Franklin, persuaded by his brother, was opposed to smallpox vaccine until scientific data convinced him otherwise. Tragically, he had delayed inoculating his son Franky, who contracted smallpox and died at the age of four, leaving Ben with a lifetime of guilt and remorse. Mr. Franklin states in his autobiography:

In 1736, I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the smallpox … long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it, my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.

The vaccine campaign is truly a victim of its own success. It is precisely because vaccines are so effective at preventing illness that we are even discussing whether or not they should be given. Because of vaccines, many people have never seen a child with polio, tetanus, whooping cough, bacterial meningitis or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. Such success can make us complacent or even lazy about vaccinating. But such an attitude, if it becomes widespread, can only lead to tragic results.

Over the past several years, many people in Europe have chosen not to vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine after the unfortunate publication of an unfounded suspicion (later retracted) that the vaccine causes autism. As a result of such under-immunization, there have been small outbreaks of measles and several deaths from complications of measles in Europe over the past several years. Furthermore, by not vaccinating your child, you are taking selfish advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children, which decreases the likelihood that your child will contract one of these diseases. We feel such an attitude to be self-centered and unacceptable.

We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to convince you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. However, should you have doubts, please discuss these with your health care provider in advance of your visit. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying or “breaking up the vaccines” to give one or two at a time over two or more visits defies expert recommendations and can put your child at risk for serious illness (or even death) and goes against our medical advice as providers at East Bay Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Such additional visits will require additional co-pays on your part. Furthermore, please realize that you will be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” acknowledgement in the event of lengthy delays.

Finally, if you should absolutely refuse to vaccinate your child despite all our efforts, we will ask you to consider finding a different practice that shares your views. We do not keep a list of such providers, nor would we recommend any such physician. Please recognize that by not vaccinating you are putting your child at unnecessary risk for life-threatening illness and disability, and even death.

As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right thing to do for all children and young adults. Accordingly, all of our own children have received each and every recommended vaccine according to the recommended schedule.

Marco Ferretti MD
Angela Grenander MD
Ariana Raufi MD
Melissa Curran MSN, cPNP

IMMUNIZATIONS SCHEDULE

Please click HERE to read how to prepare for your child's visit and what to expect at each visit!

We adhere to the following schedule of visits and immunizations as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics:

WELL CHECK VISIT SCHEDULEVACCINATIONS/TESTING DUE
3 to 5 days of age Newborn Visit
2 week visit
2 month visit DTAP#1, HEP B#1, HIB#1, IPV#1, Prevnar#1, Rotarix#1
4 month visit DTAP#2, HEP B#2, HIB#2, IPV#2, Prevnar#2, Rotarix#2
6 month visit DTAP#3, HEP B#3, IPV#3, Prevnar#3
9 month visit
12 month visit MUST be after 1st Birthday HEP A#1, MMR#1, Varicella#1
15 month visit HIB#3, Prevnar#4
18 month visit HEP A#2, DTAP#4
2 year visit
30 month visit This visit is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please check with your insurance provider for coverage information.
3 year visit
4 year visit MUST be after 4th Birthday DTAP#5, IPV#4, MMR#2, Varicella#2
5 year visit
11-18 years old TdapMenactra, 2 doses of Hep A if not already received, 2 doses of HPV
When Indicated Flu vaccines are available after the age of 6 months.

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Office Hours

Monday:

8:00 am-7:30 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-7:30 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-7:30 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

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  • "The entire office staff has been kind any time we’ve needed forms filled out for sports and gotten us in for unexpected illnesses."
    Brenda B
  • "Love East Bay Pediatrics of Barrington! My son is a wrestler and had a thumb injury right before a big match mid-season. I called at 4:55 on a Friday and they said come on in!! They stayed open and waited for my son! He was sent for an x-Ray that night and we got a call the next morning thankfully that it was fine just needed to rest for a couple of days! Dr. Feretti told us where to go for a brace and even called over to make sure the medical supply had it in stock!! My son was back in business within a few days and was able to wrestle his match!! I can't say enough good things!!! They are the kind of doctors that truly care about their patients! They just hired a new doctor who's super bubbly and friendly, Dr. Raufi. She's actually the daughter of one of the other doctors in the practice. Love seeing a mother-daughter team!! They have 3 docs, Dr. Raufi (she's the newest), Dr. Grenander (her mom), and Dr. Ferretti (male doc) They are all amazing!!!"
    Robin M
  • "Everyone there was very nice and friendly, the place was very clean, and the doctor was very friendly and nice."
    Lucy C
  • "Great team of physicians. Homey feel to the practice - welcoming to young children. Really wonderful local practice."
    Dena D
  • "My three children have been patients at East Bay pediatric for over 14 years now. The quality care that my children have received is bar none. From the common cold to having a child with epilepsy, all have always been handled with the utmost care and concern. I am always able to get in a same-day sick visit, as a mother of three, I really appreciate that. I can safely say that this is a great practice to bring your child to."
    Sarah C
  • "The comfort of this office is exceptional. From Dr. G to Dr. Ferretti, they are always supportive to moms and babies. They are open and direct while offering their time for advice and comfort. I will never take my children elsewhere."
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  • "As a new mom and new to Rhode Island, I was nervous about finding the perfect care for my little one. After searching for practices that were accepting new patients, I finally came across East Bay Pediatrics. The staff here are super friendly and welcoming. They are very accommodating and scheduling an appointment is easy. The doctors here are very knowledgeable and I feel like my little ones are in good hands. I highly recommend!"
    Sami C.
  • "Dr. Grenander (and Dr. Dennison before retiring) are fantastic pediatricians, both down-to-earth and practical which I appreciate. Appointments never feel rushed, ancillary staff there is great too."
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