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Were Hundreds of Medically Vulnerable Children Expelled from School in New York?

Why do some people think that hundreds of medically vulnerable children were expelled from school in New York?

Hundreds of medically vulnerable children were not expelled from school in New York with valid medical exemptions.

The usual suspects…

Were Hundreds of Medically Vulnerable Children Expelled from School in New York?

So what’s the real story?

A new vaccine law in New York eliminated religious exemptions so that students with non-medical exemptions would not be able to continue to go to school if they were missing one or more vaccines.

As the law continues to allow medical exemptions, it should be clear that as others got caught up on their immunizations, this helps make sure that those who are truly vulnerable are now at less risk of being exposed to a vaccine-preventable disease.

“If a child has a medical exemption to immunization, a physician licensed to practice medicine in New York State must certify that the immunization is detrimental to the child’s health. The medical exemption should specify which immunization is detrimental to the child’s health, provide information as to why the immunization is contraindicated based on current accepted medical practice, and specify the length of time the immunization is medically contraindicated, if known.”

Dear Colleague letter regarding guidelines for use of immunization exemptions

And those kids who do not have a valid medical exemption?

It is very important to understand that their parents have a choice to get them vaccinated and protected so that they can continue go to school.

Unfortunately, some parents and even a few doctors remain confused on what it means to have a valid medical exemption.

Especially in states that have strengthened their vaccine laws, a valid medical exemption must meet certain criteria and follow “current accepted medical practice standards as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.”

That doesn’t mean there can’t be exceptions, but it also doesn’t mean that a child would typically get a medical exemption for any reason simply because someone thinks they should, even if that someone is a doctor, unless the exemption is for an immunization that is “contraindicated based on current accepted medical practice.”

Were hundreds of kids in New York denied medical exemptions?

It is certainly possible when you hear parents tell stories about being denied exemptions for things like autism, ADHD, food allergies, epilepsy, clotting disorders, diabetes, psoriasis, autoimmune disorders, PANDAS, Tourette’s, or MTHFR gene mutations.

Were hundreds of kids in New York denied valid medical exemptions?

No, they weren’t.

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1 thought on “Were Hundreds of Medically Vulnerable Children Expelled from School in New York?”

  1. In one paragraph you say “It is very important to understand that their parents have a choice to get them vaccinated and protected so that they can continue go to school.”

    And then in the next paragraph you explain that unless there is a ‘valid’ medical reason for an exemption, they don’t have a choice but to get vaccinated or don’t send their kids to school. What kind of choice is that? How many parents of health compromised children are able to quit their job and home school their kids?

    It’s people like you, spreading your own kind of misinformation, that want to strip away the “choice” that you so clearly say we have. You don’t want anyone to be able to choose. You want every man, woman and child to be vaccinated. No exceptions. Why is that? Is it health concern? Or is it money? One day the truth will come out, and the people profiting from vaccines will have to answer for what they have done. Meanwhile the health of the world will continue to plummet to new lows. People like me who don’t vaccinate, will be shunned from society… and somehow us healthy folks will still get the blame for every measles outbreak in fully vaccinated communities. “See! The unvaccinated idiot over there caused the vaccinated population to get measles!” How does that work, exactly? I thought the vaccine prevented measles? And somehow you still got measles… from me?!

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