Originally Posted by kathymuggle
For fun. I am bored (trapped in the house) and this forum is quiet, so let's dicuss. Play nice.
1. Should we get rid of vaccine exemptions and just allow all kids to attend school? Why or why not?
2. If you are in favour of exemptions, which exemptions should exist (religious, philosophical, medical)
3. How do exemption or the ease thereof relate to mandatory vaccines?
4. What do you think of the idea of school registries instead of exemptions?
I'll play along
1. Yes, absolutely. I think that parents' decisions about what type of education is in their kids' best interest, and their decisions about what degree of vaccination is in their kids' best interest should not be linked. There are lots of places, like here, where vaccinations aren't required.
2. If vaccines are required for school, there should be the full selection of exemptions, and they should make selective vaccination possible. People shouldn't have to choose between the full vaccination schedule and no vaccines, that's bad healthcare.
3. Making exemptions difficult to obtain makes vaccines functionally mandatory, with all the bad stuff that goes along with that.
4. I'm opposed to mandatory registries, because I think the small chance of benefit is outweighed by the chance of the information being abused, and I think medical information is/should be private. I can see how registries could be useful in some rare situations; they should be voluntary, though.
Edited by rachelsmama - 12/31/13 at 1:34pm