Originally Posted by serenbat
I thinks it's really important to keep in mind cost here - for most elderly and even some others, their insurance simply will not pay and the cost can be very high for them. Just because you work around children (and really this is just not daycare but scouting, 4H and the like- even going to a library) lots do not have any insurance and we don't seem to run free vac (exception flu) for adults. Cost is such a major factor for many and I don't know that a parent (I guess this would be up to the states if the allow it) that you can even find out the vac statics of those caring for a child in a pay situation with out a breach of confidentiality. Some states may have a requirements but I would assume most do not given a daycare size can be very small.
A poll would show the vas numbers that are not up to date.
Interesting points. We live above my mom, and I take her to her dr's appointments, so I know her vaccine status pretty well. She is my daughter's only living grandparent.
Personally, we don't use daycare (my spouse is a WAHP). We do use a babysitter once every six weeks or so, and I have no idea whether she's up to date on her vaxes or not. I also don't know the vaccine status of aunts, cousins, etc.
That being said, I do know of parents who will not let friends/relatives even MEET their child unless they're up-to-date on vaccines. (I think this is extreme myself, but as other posters have suggested, we shouldn't belittle the decisions we disagree with.)
WRT cost and people not having insurance: Serenbat, ISTR you were discussing this in another thread, and you seemed to feel that people should take personal responsibility to make sure their family is insured, rather than using some form of Medicaid, or going to an emergency room for medical care.
Am I paraphrasing that correctly? Would this be true of receiving vaccines also?