Judge Denies Mom’s Request to Not Vaccinate Her Child Before Entering School
We all know the drill with signing kids up for school: fill out a bunch of paperwork, show proof that the child is yours, and present current immunization records. Some schools may have some added hoops, but those are the basic requirements for public school. But for one New York mom, these requirements are just too much. Citing religious grounds, she asked a judge to allow her 5-year-old daughter to enter Kindergarten without her shots. The judge said no.
Although I am all for religious freedom, and parenting freedom, I have to agree with this judge. This mother may be deeply religious, but her reasons for not vaccinating have nothing to do with that. She is worried about her daughter’s health and how the vaccines will affect her. And quite honestly, if that is her concern, then she needs to find a doctor that will help support her beliefs, or convince her otherwise.
The truth is, there is a lot of hype about vaccines and what they may or may not do or cause. Parents that are concerned about vaccinations need to do their research and find qualified sources. Follow your gut, but don’t just follow the hype. If you think something is wrong, then look to professionals to help. There are a lot of options for parents and we don’t just have to “go with the flow”. If this mom is truly upset about vaccinating her child, then maybe she should figure out different school options that may not require vaccinations – or maybe she should figure out if the consequences of NOT vaccinating are worth taking the risk.
What do you think? Was the Judge wrong in this case?