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Are Vaccinations Mandatory
Yes and No: Yes, all states have some form of requirement for vaccines for a child to participate in public schools. Some vaccines are required under those rules and others are only recommended. There are still options for parents to participate in public schools without vaccinating given that they have an approved excuse, such as a religious exemption. Some jobs also require vaccination updates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more
Not mandatory: But highly recommended.Get a more detailed answer ›
Polio: Polio is given between between 2-6 months with a booster at 15-18 months. Another booster is given at 4-6 years of age as a cild enters kindergarten.this is a mandatory requirement to start school in many states. A child may be excused from the vaccine on medical or religious grounds ...Read more
Why is getting a bacterial meningitis vaccination the only mandatory vaccine for a collage student? Shouldn't there be other vaccines too?
Personal/public Hlth: Mandatory vaccinations prior to school entry were responsible for the largest interval decrease in preventable disease in the country.By 1992 we has reduced whooping cough to 2500 cases/yr and eliminated most polio.Sadly the anti-vaccine movement has led to in excess of 30 whooping cough deaths/yr (2010) and clusters of measles outbreaks.Sad when some forget how bad these diseases are. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's your opinion on the HPV vaccination for children entering the seventh grade being mandatory?
Not mandatory: I am not a fan of making this shot a mandatory vaccine, and favor keeping it as a strongly recommended vaccine for all children. This is mainly because its a virus spread through a voluntary action (sexual contact) that affects mainly teens and adults through a consented behavior and not passed to innocent and brief contacts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: My biggest concern is that they may not be complete or up to date. If you are asking whether they may have harmed your child, the chances of that are extremely low, and are much, much lower than your child's chances of death or serious disability from lack of immunizations. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are many vaccines that will help your baby very much even if they aren't "required'. Hepatitis a and rotavirus are good examples, highly recommended but usually not required. There are circumstances that increase the importance of the recommended vaccines, such as travel outside the us, daycare environments and certain illnesses. Have an open discussion with your doctor about any concerns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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