I figured I'd bring this question to you very knowledgeable mamas:
I went through public schools in CA unvaccinated after a very scary reaction in infancy. I had to vax, however, to attend the UC system (my folks didn't realize there was a philo exemption, and I didn't care at that point.) I passed out in the Dr. office following my vax cocktail. Very groggily, I went on to take a final exam that night at my community college. I don't want to vax again for myself or my son. That said, I was informed at a staff meeting on Monday, that if I as a teacher do not have a booster shot, I will be sent home for 21 days if I am exposed to Pertussis. DH does not support non-vax, so this is a hard sell in my house.
I have seen nothing from personnel saying that they need documentation of the pertussis booster for teachers, the way they need the TB test on file, so I might be off the hook. But, as a teacher, I cannot be out that amount of time. What do you all know about laws dealing with workplace vax directives? I'm sure health care providers have "mandatory vax" requirements.
I decided to "risk it" with my son being sent home from daycare without vax if there was an outbreak, but I'm curious about what rights I have.
According to a pp and the article in Mercury News, it looks like the pertussis outbreaks ebb and flow on a 5 year or more cycle. So, I should be okay for an outbreak for a few years, but I'm still curious about my rights.