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Doctor who encouraged parents to not vaccinate their children disciplined by state board

The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice found his behavior to be "unethical or improper."

An Eden Prairie doctor accused of telling parents they should not vaccinate their children has been disciplined by the state's Board of Medical Practice, but did not have his license suspended.

Four complaints were filed against Dr. Robert Zajac between December 2017 and January 2019, according to the board's stipulation and order. Zajac, a pediatrician whose primary clinic is New Kingdom Healthcare in Eden Prairie, had been "actively encouraging parents not to vaccinate their children," the document says.

The board launched an investigation, during which Zajac told them he doesn't believe vaccines are safe, explaining he tells parents that "every vaccine has a risk," according to the order.

The typical vaccine schedule for children sees them receive vaccines for a number of diseases before they're due to start school, including diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, rotavirus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

The board determined this to be "unethical or improper conduct," in part because it involved "knowingly providing false or misleading information," according to a list of board disciplinary actions taken July 10

The board opted to discipline, but not suspend, Zajac's license with numerous conditions. He must complete four separate courses within the next year, including one on ethics and one on professional boundaries, and write a summary of a vaccine compensation program document.

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The board is also requiring Zajac to remove language from his clinic website that is critical of the CDC's research on vaccine safety, and agreed to not post on his blog or vlog. He'll also pay a fine of $10,000.

Zajac, when he reached the agreement with the Board of Medical Practice in May, expressed happiness with the outcome in a Facebook post.

"What does it mean? I still have my medical license, unrestricted. I can still see patients, serve the community, and keep moving and going where God is bringing me," he wrote. "Still allowed to speak my heart in public, and will continue to provide Informed Consent with open honest dialogues regarding health and medical freedom issues."

Zajac went to both the University of Minnesota and Crown College, and has been licensed since 2002, according to online records.

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