Sunday, February 27, 2011

Requiring Children to be Immunized for Day Care Admittance

 This bill states in part that no person, firm, corporation, partnership or other legal entity operating a day care center or day care home in this state shall cause or permit a minor child two (2) months of age or older to be admitted to such facility unless and until the parent, guardian, or other related person of such child presents certification from a licensed physician or authorized representative of any state or local department of public health that such child has received or will receive immunization.
To put it simply, your child can not be admitted to a dare care with proof of immunization.
The CDC’s own website states that vaccines are continually monitored for safety, and like any medication, vaccines can cause side effects.
The CDC states for Diphtheria Vaccine (DTaP) sometimes the 4th or 5th dose of DTaP vaccine is followed by swelling of the entire arm or leg in which the shot was given, for 1 to 7 days (up to about 1 child in 30). It states that “moderate” problems may include Seizure (jerking or staring) (about 1 child out of 14,000), non-stop crying, for 3 hours or more (up to about 1 child out of 1,000) and high fever, 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher (about 1 child out of 16,000).
The MMR has associated side effects such as Seizure (jerking or staring) caused by fever (about 1 out of 3,000 doses), temporary pain and stiffness in the joints, mostly in teenage or adult women (up to 1 out of 4) and temporary low platelet count, which can cause a bleeding disorder (about 1 out of 30,000 doses).
The Oklahoma Statutes §70-1210.191 read no minor child shall be admitted to any public, private, or parochial school operating in this state unless and until certification is presented to the appropriate school authorities from a licensed physician, or authorized representative of the State Department of Health, that such child has received or is in the process of receiving, immunizations against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, haemophilus influenzae type B (HIB), measles (rubeola), rubella, poliomyelitis, varicella, and hepatitis A or is likely to be immune as a result of the disease. However, the next  section  §70-1210.192 of Oklahoma Law clearly says any minor child, through the parent, guardian, or legal custodian of the child, may submit to the health authority charged with the enforcement of the immunization laws of this state a written statement by the parent, guardian or legal custodian of the child objecting to immunization of the child; whereupon the child shall be exempt from the immunization laws of this state.
Be informed- if you provide a written statement of objection to your child being immunized, they will be exempt from the law.  Oklahoma law allows for exemptions of personal, religious or medical reasons.  According to the Oklahoma Department of Health parents can obtain an exemption form from the school.

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