Originally Posted by Hazelnut
bumping b/c I came searching with the same question, and am curious about this and also in Illinois. My son has had some of his vaxes, and I'm OK with saying gee we changed our conviction. He is 5 and has had most vaxes we care to get. Hep B and chicken pox will come way later, and I don't think we will do mmr. But I'm not 100% sure about that. Basically I'm not comfortable with turning in a blank form and then getting a vax, should we end up doing so. I don't even know yet if my dr. will allow it...I've never heard of these registries?
I believe that all 50 states have a government database of every child in order to track their vaccinations. Living in Illinois
, you are lucky; your state requires that parents give their consent for their children to be included. From the URL:
|A patient, or a child’s parent or guardian, must give consent to be included in the statewide registry. If consent is not given, the patient can still be included in your I-CARE clinic. However, this patient’s information will NOT be shared outside your clinic.
In a lot of other states, children are automatically enrolled, usually without the consent or even knowledge of their parents. There's usually an opt-out process for parents who don't want their children in it, but doctors and public health officials aren't exactly proclaiming that little secret from the rooftops.
Here on MDC, a number of people have posted something along the lines of, "Hey! I didn't know my children were in a database....!" Not terribly ethical, IMHO.
ETA: I've heard of selectively vaxing parents crossing state lines to avoid registry issues. Not sure how well that works, though.