AUGUST 29, 2016
The AAP is asking all states to use their medical authority to remove all non-medical vaccine exemptions for children attending school. Out the window goes informed consent! Vaccination is a medical intervention that carries a risk of injury or death.
Informed consent is the permission granted in the knowledge of the possible consequences, typically that which is given by a patient to a doctor for treatment with full knowledge of the possible risks and benefits.
The right to informed consent to any medical intervention that can kill or injure you or your child is a human right.
No matter where you stand on vaccines, this means that you don't get an opinion if you have children in public school. This means if they want to add 10 new vaccines next year, your child HAS TO HAVE THEM. All of them.
They have already begun eroding away the rights of adults. California's little known law that passed along side SB 277 is SB 792 which requires all daycare providers and preschool teachers to be receive mandated vaccines in order to be employed. This includes in home daycare providers. Vaccine mandates erode away freedom that don't only affect children.
We will all suffer greatly if we don't have choice. And where there is risk, there MUST be choice.
An AAP policy is calling for all states to use their public health authority to eliminate non-medical exemptions from immunization requirements for school entry. While the Academy has opposed non-medical or “personal belief” exemptions in the past, this is the first policy statement on the issue.
Medical Versus Non-medical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance is authored by the Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, Committee on Infectious Diseases, Committee on State Government Affairs, Council on School Health, and Section on Administration and Practice Management. It is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-2145 and will be published in the September issue of Pediatrics.
- supports laws and regulatory measures that require certification of immunization to attend child care and school;
- supports medically indicated exemptions to specific immunizations as determined for each student;
- recommends all states and the District of Columbia use their public health authority to eliminate non-medical exemptions from immunization requirements;
- recommends all child care centers and schools comply with state laws and regulations requiring current and accurate documentation of immunization status and appropriate medical exemptions of attendees/students; and
- recommends public health authorities provide the community with information about immunization rates in their child care centers and schools and determine if there are risks to community immunity.ResourcesCopyright © 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics