Bright Futures?

On May 2, 2014 it was announced that Joseph Hagan, MD, of Hagan, Rinehart and Connolly Pediatricians – Burlington, VT was recognized as Vermont’s 2014 Childhood Immunization Champion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Hagan appears in state “Ok to Ask VT” promotional videos and is one of the editors of Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, which is published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (source:
It might be intersting to note that on Monday, April 28, 2014, a VCVC member corresponded with the Bright Futures organization:
“would a simple notice informing parents that they have the right to choose which vaccinations their baby will receive pass muster ? ….. just to inform them of their right?    That does not seem so controversial, do let me know.
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and they received the following response:
from Building Bright Futures:
I presented the letter to my Building Bright Futures (BBF) Steering Committee for their feedback and response.  Our BBF Steering Committee agreed that parents have the right to know. Although, our decision is that the letter is too controversial and political to be included in the Welcome Baby Bags. We believe that parents can get this information in other ways. In addition, it does not seem to align with BBF’s goals or align with the Bright Future’s Guidelines including the vaccination schedule.
I am sorry that we are not able to support this effort. I do hope that we can work together on other issues that support the health and well being of young children and their families in Caledonia/ Southern Essex.
Thank you for your time.”
Regional Coordinator
Building Bright Futures of Caledonia/Southern Essex Counties
P.O. Box 27
West Glover, VT 05875
The day before this correspondence occurred, Bright Futures put out press release
April 27, 2014, which reads:
Vermont lags in kid vaccinations

MONTPELIER — A new report on child welfare in Vermont finds the state lags behind the national average for young children getting the full series of recommended vaccines.

The Building Bright Futures child advocacy group says that in 2012, about 63 percent of Vermonters younger than 3 had received all the recommended vaccines for kids that age, while the national average was 68 percent.

The report found that 32 percent of kids up to age 5 had received developmental screening, while the state goal is 95 percent.

It also said the number of children being placed in the state’s custody was up in recent years, from 4.5 per 1,000 in 2002 to 5.3 per 1,000 in 2012.