Forbidden fruit of the HIPAA tree
August 27, 2009 10:01 AM Subscribe
[HIPAA filter]: When dropping off our child at daycare (a small, home daycare), my spouse - a pediatrician - ran into a patient who is not vaccinated. I know you're not a lawyer; I know you're not our lawyer - what are our options?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The daycare is full of our friends, and their children. Our child is vaccinated (according to the recommended schedule), and not truly our primary concern in this - it's the children of our friends who are too young to have received their vaccinations yet. Additionally, we plan to have another child soon and wouldn't want someone else's unvaccinated kid putting ours at risk.
The best course of action I can conceive is to (A) review our contract and see if it says anything about required vaccinations, and (B) talk to our daycare provider about what her requirements are for new kids (can they be admitted without a vaccination record? what are the requirements that go along with her license, etc).
But the problem remains - if this child is admitted regardless of their lack of vaccinations, what course of action can we take? Obviously, we can remove our child (assuming we could even find another provider), but what do we do with the forbidden knowledge? How do we warn/protect our friends' children from this possible risk if we're not allowed to share this information?
Extended details: we are in Colorado.