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Non-vaccinated children excluded from school. Who said that vaccines were optional?

From a city bulleting to doctors:
"Dear Colleague:
We would like to remind you that a new school immunization requirement for Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular
pertussis) vaccine will go into effect for the 2007-2008 school year. This new law requires that:
• Students who are entering, repeating, or transferring into 6th grade or a comparable age-level program in any
ungraded school on or after September 1, 2007, who were born on or after January 1, 1994, and who are at least
11 years of age, must receive Tdap vaccine to attend school. Students who are not in compliance with this
requirement will be excluded from school.
• If a student has received a tetanus-containing vaccine within the preceding 2 years, the required Tdap vaccination
may be deferred until a period of 2 years has elapsed."

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:43 AM on May. 21, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (68)
  • As to the original question, vaccination records OR an exemption are required for attendance. West Virginia and Mississippi are the only states with the single option of a medical exemption. All other states have a religious exemption and about 22 states also have a philosophical exemption.

    http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements.aspx
    happytexasCM

    Answer by happytexasCM at 2:05 PM on May. 21, 2010

  • The original record can be found here LETTER TO PROVIDERS

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:44 AM on May. 21, 2010

  • Perhaps this only applies to people who don't have a vaccination waiver? I have no idea.
    Pnukey

    Answer by Pnukey at 8:45 AM on May. 21, 2010

  • OK, as I'm reading the link this has gotten my attention:


    We would also like to remind you that:
    • Vaccine vials for DTaP, DT, Td, and Tdap are visually similar and are easily confused. DTaP is licensed for use
       only in children <7 years of age. Tdap is licensed only for use in those 10 or 11 years of age and older, depending
       upon the specific product. Many medication administration errors have been reported. A poster can be
       downloaded from http://dhs.ca.gov/ps/dcdc/izgroup/pdf/IMM-508.pdf which may aid in preventing such errors.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:49 AM on May. 21, 2010

  • I was going to say with the above mentioned that they admit that error can be made. Crazy ha!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 AM on May. 21, 2010

  • some moms dont believe in giving their kids shots so that would apply to them
    secondtyme520

    Answer by secondtyme520 at 8:51 AM on May. 21, 2010

  • some moms dont believe in giving their kids shots so that would apply to them

    What do you mean? That the moms who are anti will be forced to vaccinate their children when they are older???
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:53 AM on May. 21, 2010


  • What do you mean? That the moms who are anti will be forced to vaccinate their children when they are older???


    That is the way it is here in Georgia. If you want your child to go to public school. There is a medical waiver you can get (if your child is proven to be allergic to the vaccine additives), and there is a religious waiver, if you can prove that your recognized religion is adamantly against medical interventions such as vaccines. But there is no "philosophical" waiver in Georgia.


    VeronicaLee

    Answer by VeronicaLee at 8:58 AM on May. 21, 2010

  • Yes, I am fairly certain Pnukey is right. To my knowledge, there is a waiver. However, that is something that you would have to look into to find out, it is not often publicized.
    NikkiMomof2grls

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 9:04 AM on May. 21, 2010

  • Well for me, seeing what vaccine this is, why so much huff over it. If your child gets a bad cut and it is from anything that could have rust, germs, etc on it they can get lockjaw and DIE. Treatment can be sought but usually by the time symptoms for lockjaw appear it is too late. My husband hates that he can't have a tetanus shot because he is allergic to it. Also if you have a waiver in place with the school they can't force you to vaccinate.
    carmadsmom

    Answer by carmadsmom at 9:04 AM on May. 21, 2010

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