Without Vaccine, Kids Face Suspension

If your child started kindergarten or sixth grade this year, Thursday is the last day to get their shots before they could face suspension from school.

North Carolina lawmakers have changed the rules to require a booster dose of the TDAP tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine.

Pertussis is better known as whooping cough. The rule change comes because of the amount of pertussis cases discovered statewide. The vaccinations will be provided at no cost since it is a requirement.

Craven County school officials say that 182 students countywide are currently not up to date. The school district says 55 of these students are at Grover C. Fields middle school.

The vaccinations may be provided by scheduling an appointment with your child's regular care provider or your local health department.


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  • by Smart Mom Location: Washington on Sep 22, 2008 at 09:26 PM
    It is called 'herd immunity'. The effectiveness of the immunization is not fully appreciated unless everyone is properly vaccinated. If you are going to send your child off to public school, and herd them up with all the other children, then yes, you should have to protect not only your child, but the rest of the 'herd' as well. Modern vaccines are extremely safe, and the potential benefit far outweighs any perceived risk. Personally, I homeschool my children, but they are still completely up to date on ALL childhood immunizations.
  • by mom Location: Greenville on Sep 22, 2008 at 06:55 PM
    Are you serious??? I would like for them to suspend my child. Are we still living in the USA, the land of the free? Now our gov't is telling us if you dont do this, your child who is a legal citizen, will be suspended!!!!!!!!! So much for freedom. And No my daughter has not received it and doesnt look like she will by thursday either. Do parents have any say in this at all, or are we suppose to subject our children to the numerous possible side effects that could effect them the rest of their lives? Then if they happen to become "autistic" we will have to fight like "H" just to get some type of therapy and god forbid we ask for medicaid for them. That would be a flat out "I am sorry but you make $2.98 per month too much to quailify for medicaid. Go figure the good ol USA.
  • by concerned Location: Bath on Sep 22, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    Here we go again! More government restictions. Have any of you stopped to investgate how many children become "autistic" after having these DPT shots?? How many have seisures?? A couple of years ago the stats were 1/ 150 kids, this year it is 1/148. Stats getting worse instead of better. Why if these shots are so wonderful, does a parent have to sign a paper absovling all persons everywhere that has anything to do with these shots blameless from liabilitly? Tells me they know exactly what can happen to these kids with this junk. Did you even know that these shot have the deadly chemical " Mercury" in them? Why does the goverment think it has the right to dictate whether we don't want to take a chance on our kids becoming short of "vegetables"? My daughter in law was informed this week that they "could" not "would" take the pertussis part that was causing the autism out. Some answwer, huh?
  • by A mother Location: nc on Sep 22, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    I'm sorry but I hate the idea of the goverment sanctioning what needs to be injescted into my child! and to susspend them because of it... KISS MY $#@!$3!!! I will homeschool my child before I put that crap into him!
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