Vaccinations - a very controversial subject these days. Are they safe? Do I want my child to receive them? What are my legal choices? What do I do if I think my child may not safely be able to get these vaccinations?
These are all parent dilemmas and questions. The new vaccination law goes into effect July 1st, 2016. If you are a parent with a child going to public school, it is mandated that they have certain immunizations before entering school this next year. If they are changing schools, or entering for the first time, such as kindergarten, they are required to have had these vaccines, unless a doctor has documented that they are in some way unsafe for this particular student. If you have a Personal Belief Form on file in your school office, you are considered to be grandfathered into the system. That means that if your child is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grader or 8th and above, they are not required to receive these vaccines. If they are a 7th grader this next year, they are required by law to get the vaccines for that level. Again, if a doctor says that these vaccines are not appropriate for your child, they can be exempted. IEP program children are exempted. That means any student with a specialized school program, is not included in the main stream law.
The decision on whether to do immunizations is of course a parent decision. My only advice to all you parents is to get very educated on these vaccines, and then make your own educated decision. We are currently at a rate of 1 in 68 children that are autistic. That has escalated from 10 years ago from 1 in 10,000.
Please take the time to get educated.
Do know that you have another choice regarding the necessary vaccinations. You can request from your school to do conditional vaccines. That means that you will do the required 6 or so vaccines, (less than the normal received), but you can do them individually and spread out. They are not received 4 at a time or 6 at a time. That is also your right under the new vaccine law. That may make more sense to some of you as the amount and types of serums are done on a one to one basis, with time in between for the child's body to more easily respond to the serums.
Homeschooling is always a choice also if you feel that you are not comfortable with the safety of the vaccines and your child. Homeschooling can be delivered in many scenarios, so don't feel that this is not an option for you.
Of course our main concern above all else, is the safety and protection of our children. Be informed.