Why Do Schools Require Vaccinations?

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Vaccinations Up For Debate Among Parents

Some parents show the determination that their children have their scheduled vaccinations, while other parents are adamant that their children receive no vaccinations because vaccinations do not benefit the child’s health.

You need to check with the rules and regulations that apply to vaccinations for school attendance in your state of residence. School attendance can include all grades, including those entering college.

What Does Your State Say?

In late summer 2014, all 50 states across the United States, including DC required that children receive the following vaccinations.

  • Rubella
  • Measles
  • Polio
  • Pertussis
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • There is one state that does not require a mumps vaccination.
  • There are two states, including DC that do not require a Chickenpox vaccination
  • Five states do not require a hepatitis B vaccination to enter Kindergarten.
  • One state requires a meningitis vaccine when the child is 11-12 years of age.

Since then, these numbers have changed. Checking with your resident state is the best thing you, as a parent can do.

Research shows that even though all 50 states across the United States, including DC, has rules, and policies in place for vaccinations of school age children, the fact remains that in nearly all 50 states parents do not need their child vaccinated to attend their school.

“No vaccinations, No School”

The myth is that parents believe this old phrase, “No shots, no school.” This saying heard by parents for many years is not true, although your child’s pediatrician, school officials, and your state may try to persuade parents that vaccinations are mandatory for their child to attend school. Parents need to read the schools policy.

The school system of any state, cannot tell a parent to keep their unvaccinated child from attending school. Most states set aside a regulation in their school vaccination policy that if there is an epidemic of disease spreading rapidly among children, then the school can have you keep your child home until the school system clears from the outbreak.

What Is A School System?

The school system in most states includes the educational system as,

  • Daycare Centers
  • Private Schools
  • Preschools
  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High Schools
  • Colleges

These schools do not have to honor vaccine exemptions as permitted by the laws of that state.

Medical Waivers Related To Vaccinations

Schools that receive no government funding are not obliged to accept non-medical waivers.

Parents need to request from the school their child may attend a copy of the school’s health policy and procedure rules as they relate to vaccination requirements.

According to ProCon.org research show that all 50 states and DC have laws in place that require your child be vaccinated against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, Pertussis, measles, and rubella.

However, there are no laws in place by the Federal Government.

Most of the 50 states and DC do allow medical exemptions. These exceptions include medical, philosophical, and religious exemptions.

  • All 50 states allow for medical exemptions
  • 17 states allow for philosophical exemptions
  • 47 states allow for medical exemptions
  • DC allows for religious and medical exemptions.

In Conclusion

It is best for parents follow these steps related to vaccinations for their children.

  • A request to read the health policy and procedure rules for their school
  • Access their state website regarding childhood vaccinations.

Many parents have gotten lax on getting their child vaccinated against childhood diseases, the CDC reports an alarming rise of once rarely seen childhood diseases resurfacing again.

The CDC does not want to see epidemics happen because children did not get vaccinated and have no protection against these diseases.

 

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