I need some facts.
September 6, 2009 6:56 PM Subscribe
I am on the board of my son's nursery school. I found out today that on Wednesday we are being asked to vote on whether or not to allow a child to attend who has only been partially vaccinated due to religious reasons. I need some information to back up my vote. Please read on.
posted by missuswayne to health & fitness (48 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
The nursery school is private and church-based, in the U.S. Our public schools allow for religious and medical exemption from vaccinations, but our preschool dictates that all children should be fully vaxed. I am planning to vote against allowing the child in, as I believe that making an exception is a) a liability for the school and the board, and b) a risk to my children and the children of others, including siblings of the students. I admit that both risks are small, but they are real risks, and in my eyes, the benefit to allowing the child to attend the school (goodwill? tuition money?) is outweighed by these risks.
I appear to be the only dissenter on the board. I have been asked to come to the meeting on Wednesday with facts in hand to support my position. I know that unvaxed children put themselves and other unvaxed kids at great risk for infection, particularly preschool aged children and younger, but *what is the risk to children who ARE vaccinated*? Can anyone provide statistics for me? My understanding is that vaccines are not 100% foolproof, and that sometimes vaccines don't "take", or that despite vaccination, some children's immunity is still not 100% by a certain age.
Anything you can provide, with references or citations if possible, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading this. :)