In answer to the question in the initial post--yeah, I think so.
I am pro-vaccine and also pro-informed-consent. There are certainly parents out there for whom vaccines just are not a big deal either way, and parents who may not pursue medical care/checkups for their children. The process of requiring exemptions means that these parents need to either go get their kids vaxed or actively decide not to do so and fill out the exemption form. I don't have a problem with policies that essentially require parents to decide what they want to do about vaccinating their child. Entry into school or daycare is just a convenient point to catch kids who might have been let slide so far, and get them up to date on their vaccines (or not). But even though I don't agree with the reasons that some parents have for not vaccinating their children, I don't like the precedent of requiring vaccines or denying exemptions. I think parents should be able to make that choice for their children. So as far as the practice of exemptions, I support the requirement that children either be vaccinated or their parents fill out an exemption, but I don't think that the state, school, daycare, or whoever should get to police the reasons for the exemption. It should be sufficient to fill out the form saying "I have chosen not to vaccinate my child".
Sounds fair to me. And it's refreshing to hear someone who may not share my concerns expressing respect for a differing opinion.
mama to two teens and two tots madly in love with DP
I would too, and I would see it more as registration than exemption.
*I* do not mind the school knowing my kids are unavxxed if the the school handles the information in a responsible way. In the unlikely event of a measles outbreak, for example, I do not mind the school knowing my kid is at higher risk of catching it. I would not mind my kids being exempt from school during such an outbreak - both to protect my kids and help decrease the spread of the disease. Reasonable has to prevail and it cannot be a blanket policy, it would have to be a case by case scenario based on disease profile including contagiousness.
There are those who would not be comfortable with this as they see medical choices as 100% confidential.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us. One is good and the other is evil. The wolf that wins is the one you feed.
Book and herb loving mama to 1 preteen and 2 teens (when did that happen?). We travel, go to school, homeschool, live rurally, eat our veggies, spend too much time...
I wasn't asking because I thought it was a response to something I said. I asked because the post made no sense to me in the flow of discussion and was asking for you to clarify which you didnt thanks.....
If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.
The posts quoted below are really crossing into personally pointed, antagonistic posting. Please edit.
Forgive me if I happen to like Kathy, and forgive me for thinking that you were being rude to her. Forgive me that I did not understand your comment on this public forum. If the comment was meant for her and only her, maybe a PM would have been wiser.
Now I do feel better.
I wasn't asking because I thought it was a response to something I said. I asked because the post made no sense to me in the flow of discussion and was asking for you to clarify which you didnt thanks.....And leave the snark at the door please. Seems to be a theme with you