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Court Ruling: Parents don't have the right to send their unvaccinated kids to school

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http://www.vox.com/2014/6/24/5837968/court-ruling-parents-dont-have-the-right-to-send-their-unvaccinated?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_name=staff&utm_campaign=voxdotcom&utm_content=tuesday

In New York City, parents do not have the right to send their unvaccinated kids to school if another student has a vaccine-preventable illness.

That's according to a Brooklyn Federal District Court judge, who ruled earlier this month that a parent's constitutional right to freely exercise their religion does not always make their children exempt from vaccination requirements.

New York City schools require all students to get a series of basic vaccinations in order to attend classes. But in New York State — along with several other states — laws say that parents can opt out of these requirements for religious reasons.

When three families in New York City recently tried to do so, their children were barred from attending school, leading them to file suit against the city. Citing a 1905 Supreme Court case — in which the court ruled that Massachusetts was permitted to fine a man $5 for refusing a smallpox vaccine — Judge William Kuntz ruled that the court had "strongly suggested that religious objectors are not constitutionally exempt from vaccinations."

Of course, the plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling, and this is just one of several similar suits filed across the country in recent years. Given that 48 states allow religious exemptions for vaccine requirements, the ruling will certainly be tested at higher levels before it becomes a real policy.

All this comes as increasing numbers of parents around the country are refusing vaccines, leading to outbreaks of a number of diseases that could have easily been prevented. Earlier this spring, during a measles outbreak in New York, the unvaccinated sibling of a home-schooled child who'd been infected was barred from attending public school. That sibling ultimately contracted the disease, and keeping him home prevented it from spreading further.
Posted by Anonymous on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:18 PM
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peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM
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Your title is misleading, the ruling states that an unvaccinated child cant attend school if there is an outbreak. If vaccienes work so well, there shouldnt be one, right?
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:22 PM
I sign a waiver every year in Michigan, and will continue to do so. I only choose to give a few vaccinations, and I didn't start until age 6. Before you roll your eyes, my husband is a physician and his father a pharmacist. They brought the research to me which caused me to hold off, and to pick and choose.
Anonymous
by Anonymous - Original Poster on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM
That was the title of the article. One of the theories regarding the outbreaks is that they're caused by the unvaccinated population.

Quoting peanutsmommy1: Your title is misleading, the ruling states that an unvaccinated child cant attend school if there is an outbreak. If vaccienes work so well, there shouldnt be one, right?
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM
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Good
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM
Good. Glad to be in that state and that city.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM
Which ones do you give? If you don't mind me asking..

Also, what's your stance on the hep b vax at birth?


I'm not looking for a fight. In genuinely want to know. Bc I'm thinking of doing no vax- or at least delayed this time around.

Quoting Anonymous: I sign a waiver every year in Michigan, and will continue to do so. I only choose to give a few vaccinations, and I didn't start until age 6. Before you roll your eyes, my husband is a physician and his father a pharmacist. They brought the research to me which caused me to hold off, and to pick and choose.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

bump

peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM
The micnigan waiver already clearly states that in the case of an outbreak that your child may be excluded
Amberleigh81
by Silver Member on Jun. 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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Yep. If all the unvaccinated children are quarantined when one child develops a vaccine-preventable illness, that should contain the outbreak better than letting it spread, both to children who CAN'T get vaccines and to vulnerable babies and others.

Quoting peanutsmommy1: Your title is misleading, the ruling states that an unvaccinated child cant attend school if there is an outbreak. If vaccienes work so well, there shouldnt be one, right?
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