Children in Oregon Who Have Missed Some Vaccinations Will Be Sent Home From School
Many schools in the United States require for their students to be properly vaccinated. In Oregon, schools are making the requirements stricter. Those students who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations will no longer be allowed to go to school starting on February 21st. Some of these required vaccines include: whooping cough, polio, chicken pox, and measles. Local health authorities notify parents of students if their children are not up-to-date on their vaccinations.
It is important to note, though, that as a bioethicist from New York University, Arthur Caplan, stated, “Kids can’t choose. When parents make poor choices government should protect infants and children first." Therefore, children are not to be blamed for being behind on vaccines.
However, in order to protect other children, the state of Oregon finds it necessary to keep those children at home until they are properly vaccinated. In 2017, approximately 4,000 students had to stay home because of being behind on vaccinations. There is no data as of yet to conclude how many students were behind this year.
“Vaccination is a community act much as are gun safety and drunk driving laws. Oregon, by setting this tough standard, is looking out for all Oregonians, standing up for community values and public health," said Arthur Caplan.
Those children whose parents do not want to vaccinate them for personal, religious, or philosophical reasons are not required to, nor are children who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. However, there is a requirement for parents to speak to a doctor or go through online education before being able to state one of these as the reason why their children are not vaccinated.
Mandatory vaccinations were being pushed for healthcare workers since 2010. Infectious disease experts say all healthcare providers should accept the flu vaccine or accept unemployment. Also, see this New Flu Vaccine Update That Will Make You Change Your Mind About the Flu Shot.