Summer vacation for students is almost over; goes fast doesn’t it? Even though it is still some time away, the notifications of school vaccinations are already being given out. Contrary to popular belief you do not need to be vaccinated in order to attend school or even daycare. This misconception exists mainly due to ‘left out information’. Usually there is no question on whether you wish to vaccinate or not and is treated as a mandatory requirement. Notices that arrive home from school usually never indicate that you in fact have 3 choices with regard to vaccines and school entry.
They are as follows:
- Proof of vaccination
- Proof of immunity (titers test)
- Proof of exemption
Commonly people believe that if you choose not to vaccinate that you must then homeschool your child; but you do have options. The titers test is not known by most people or even some doctors for that matter. This is mainly because it is too expensive to do this test on every child and is more cost effective to simply give a booster instead. A lot of children already have immunity to one or more of the diseases they are vaccinated for and instead of having an unnecessary booster you can get this test done showing that you or your child already has immunity to this specific disease. Exemptions can be obtained by your local Health Unit or by printing off the form on their website(form #2). You then take the form to be notarized, send a copy to the school and the original back to the Health Unit and your child is ready for school entry.
Some things to remember:
Vaccines are a product and no product can be made a mandatory requirement
Any synthetic comes with risks, always ask for the insert that comes with every vaccine, to read all the risks/side effects associated with each because doctors commonly only inform you of the lesser side effects like fever and redness at the injection site and not of the majors like encephalitis(brain swelling), GBS or seizures
Doctors are very busy and don’t have time to read every new study concerning vaccines, do your own research
Stay informed, know your options and take charge of you and your child’s health
Information obtained from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Brant County Health Unit and each vaccine manufacturers pages
Exemption form located here www.bchu.org/images/stories/pdf/Immunization/Statement-of-Conscience-or-Religious-Belief.pdf