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must my child have vaccinations before he starts school?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes!: Must he? Legally, no. It's easy to get around vaccination rules these days. Should he? Absolutely, both for his own protection and for the protection of other children. We're seeing epidemics of serious, preventable diseases now because of gullible parents who refuse vaccination. Their children are a danger to others who might be immunosuppressed or might not have responded to the vaccines.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
You can get around..: The requirement. But why? Would you allow you child to play with an alligator? Would you let the child play on the side of a busy highway with a blindfold on? Vaccines are important and life saving. Think rationally.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
In most states: Most states have a legal requirement for anyone coming into a communal setting as day care/ school/college. The laws are designed to protect the community from individuals that may bring contageous disease into such settings, since many are contageous before symptoms start.There are some legal exceptions provided is specific cases.

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Last updated Jun 30, 2019

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