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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mother Facing Jail For Not Vaccinating Her Son

Mother Facing Jail For Not Vaccinating Her Son
A Michigan mother was sentenced to 7 days in jail for refusing to vaccinate her son. Many wonder how this could happen -- isn't vaccination of children a choice? Not necessarily.

Some vaccinations required by law

Some vaccinations of children are not necessarily a choice but required by law. All 50 states have laws requiring children to be vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP vaccine); polio (IPV vaccine); and measles and rubella (MMR vaccine). However, most (47) states also allow for exemptions, including medical, religious, and philosophical.

For example, DC allows medical and religious exemptions, Missouri and Nebraska offer philosophical exemptions only for children entering childcare and Head Start facilities. Children who are not vaccinated may still be allowed to attend school as long as they meet the requirements for exemptions. But why would parents not want to get their child vaccinated?

Why would a parent refuse to vaccinate their child?

Some believe vaccinations are linked to diseases or conditions like autism and other medical conditions. Others believe parents should be able to make that choice. Such was the case with Rebecca Bredow who refused to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. Under the law, personal preference is not an exemption, so she is facing a court-ordered 7 days in jail.

Whether or not to vaccinate your children is a highly debated topic. What do you think?

To find out what the laws are in your area, contact your child's school or local health department.
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