Vaccines and Parental Rights for School

I just read a couple articles about how in some cities, parents who have un-vaccinated children that have contracted the disease that they refused a vaccine for do not have the right to send their children to school while they're sick, to prevent further spread. This goes for vaccinated siblings or family members or anyone who goes to the same school and who got the illness from exposure. Many parents are upset about this, talking about how vaccines cause autism, or not wanting vaccines for religious reasons, or any other number of things. All the schools I've been to, religious or not, had it as an un-bendable requirement that every student must be up-to-date in their shots/vaccines at registration or they wouldn't be allowed to attend that school year. I tend to trust my doctors, so I am in favor of vaccinations. I don't know if we should force kids to get their shots in order to go to school, but if they catch the very disease they could have prevented? Yeah, keep them home until they're over it.

I don't want to start a debate or anything, but how do you feel about this? Should parents be forced to have their children vaccinated before attending school, regardless of personal feelings or religious reasons?

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    06/25/14
    4Katie
    I believe that every single state has a medical exemption, most have a religious exemption and some have a philosophical exemption. Many schools will lie to parents and say that they have to be vaccinated or they can't attend but that isn't true. Legally as long as you have an exemption you can go to school unvaccinated. I guarantee that your kids are going to school with unvaccinated children.

    Usually it is only that unvaccinated kids can't go to school if there is an outbreak of measles or something like that, not just any illness.

    I do selective and delayed vaccination. I know my legal rights and I send my kids to school without being fully vaccinated. No other parents know my kids vaccine status.
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      06/25/14
      Jessica
      I think they should But that's my opinion and I believe the children who aren't should be home schooled. Again my opinion
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      06/25/14
      4Katie
      What about kids who can't be vaccinated? My daughter is immune compromised and can't be fully vaccinated. She actually got a full blown case of the measles from the vaccine. She has a medical exemption signed by a doctor. Do you think she should be restricted from going to school?
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        06/25/14
        amanda
        Certain diseases may not harm your child that you haven't had vaccinated but even if my child has been vaccinated and they contract is they may wind up in the hospital. Or if they interact with the child and bring home the germs to a house with a small child who hasn't had vaccinations for that yet. Every child's body reacts differently to diseases. For instance my brother has asthma and if he gets the flu he can potentially wind up in the hospital from it. Where as if I get the flu I might feel like I am going to die but some tylonol to keep my fever down, soup, fluids and rest and I am good to go. I choose not to get the flu shot but if I had the flu I wouldn't be going over my parents house and hacking all over my brother even if he gets the flu shot. Common sense. If your kid is sick with something contagious they shouldn't be in school anyway. They should be home resting and getting better. And contrary to people's beliefs you can still contract a virus even if you have gotten a vaccine. Most people won't but it is still possible.
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          06/25/14
          Jessica
          I mean if its a case like that there should some lean way, I'm not trying to start a debate I totally understand the reason your daughter.
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          06/25/14
          4Katie
          Debates are ok, I just wanted to know where you think the line should be :)
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            06/25/14
            Jessica
            I just think if it comes to be a common thing where children don't have to be vaccinated to go to schools then it will get out of control and sickness will spread. But there are those special situations like urs that we cant help. It would be terrible if there was a bad break out of some kind of major disease in schools. AND I totally understand the religious part because we don't eat PORK for religious reasons.
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              06/25/14
              amanda
              Just to be clear about my comment earlier. I do believe people should have the option to vaccinate or not vaccinate and still send their kids to school. I just believe if your child is sick with something contagious regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated they should be at home and not at school. I vaccinate my kids but if they contracted a virus or were sick with something that could potentially infect other kids I would have the common courtesy not to send them to school like that so other kids wouldn't get sick as well plus I would want them to be at home resting so they can recover.
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