New School Rules: T-dap Vaccine Mandatory for Seventh Graders?

By Dr. John L. Reizer

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reizer3According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, all 7th grade students will be required to have the T-dap vaccination for the 2013-2014 school year or be denied access to public school registration.

My daughter was handed a brochure that displayed the information and was quite concerned when I picked her up from school recently. Knowing very well that she has never received any vaccinations due to philosophical/religious reasons, she was quite upset over the fact that she might not be able to attend public school in the fall.

I assured my daughter that this was not the case at all. In the state of South Carolina, medical and religious exemptions are permitted regarding required immunizations for public schools.

It is important for parents to understand that immunizations are considered to be very dangerous medicines by many health care practitioners throughout the world. No health care practitioner can guarantee a parent that there is absolutely no chance of a child being harmed from these pharmaceutical products.

At a minimum, parents should review research/articles that have been published regarding some of the possible dangers concerning vaccinations before consenting to have their children vaccinated. If after reading the published materials parents still want to allow their children to receive these drugs, they have the right to do so.

No human being, however, should be forced to take medicines without giving his or her consent. The fact that public schools are sending home literature designed to intimidate parents and young children into believing they have no choice but to submit to certain vaccines is very concerning to me. I felt compelled to write this article to let everybody know that there are ways around this requirement if your desire is to protect your loved ones from potentially dangerous medicines.

The Church of Common Sense was founded in 2001 and is in opposition to mandatory vaccinations for all human beings. They are always looking for new members and not opposed to their members belonging to other churches simultaneously.

I hope that this article has clarified for my readers some of the confusion regarding this very controversial subject.

For the latest information on vaccine related news, please visit the National Vaccine Information Center.


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One thought on “New School Rules: T-dap Vaccine Mandatory for Seventh Graders?

  1. Kim March 14, 2013 / 7:17 am

    I hope some parents will be as outraged by this as I am. This country is becoming more of a police-state every year. Great, informative article. I will pass it on to friends and family members.

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