"[Maryland] Officials say they are working with the health department to
make sure the remaining students are vaccinated so they may return to
school. "If they stay out of school for too many days, it becomes an issue
of truancy," Mowen said. Officials have said they might use the court system
to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated. Hanlin said before
that option is explored officials are "trying to find out what the road
blocks are" to being vaccinated." - ERIN CUNNINGHAM, The Hagerstown Morning
Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary:
If you want to take a peek at what the future holds for those parents, who
do not comply with federal health policies turned into state laws that
require children to be injected with dozens of vaccines or be denied an
education, just look at the recent strong arm tactics being used in
Maryland. For failure to get chickenpox and/or hepatitis B vaccinations,
state health and education officials have teamed up to use coercion and
intimidation to force vaccination with the threat that the pre-teens will be
barred from school and then they and their parents charged with truancy for
disobeying state vaccine laws.
Economic and social barriers to vaccine access, which can include inadequate
information or limited access to public health clinics, are sometimes
factors when students have not received all state mandated vaccines.
However, other factors may include (1) personal or family history of adverse
reactions to vaccinations; (2) illness at the time of vaccination; (3)
personal or family history of immune or neurological disease, which may
place the child at increased risk for a vaccine adverse responses; (4)
religious or conscientious belief objection to vaccination; or (5) wholistic
health care preferences within the family that do not include vaccination.
How many of the children and their parents being hunted down in Maryland by
needle wielding state officials are at high risk for suffering vaccine
reactions? How many of these children being rounded up and given multiple
vaccinations will suffer shock, convulsions, arthritis, asthma, GBS or other
signs of vaccine-induced brain and immune system dysfunction shortly after
vaccination? How many of these adverse responses to vaccination will be
written off as a "coincidence" by health and school officials refusing to
take responsibility for what they have done? And how many of the healthy
partially or completely unvaccinated children come from families, whose
parents have chosen to keep their children healthy with preventive health
strategies that do not include drug and vaccine use?
Although citizens should have unimpeded access to vaccines they choose to
us, they should also have the freedom to choose preventive health care
alternatives to vaccines. Americans living in every state should look to
their own vaccine laws and consider the following: If the state can tag,
track down and force citizens against their will to be injected with
biologicals of unknown toxicity today, will there be any limit on what
individual freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good
Maryland officials are forcing hepatitis B and chickenpox vaccinations
today. How many more will they be forcing on kids tomorrow?
No forced vaccination. Not in America.
Deadline for vaccinations passes; school closed to some
The Hagerstown Morning Herald, MD
January 23, 2007
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM
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HAGERSTOWN - As many as 26 Washington County Public Schools students will be
excluded from school today for failure to comply with a state vaccination
Sixth- to ninth-graders were required to be vaccinated for hepatitis B and
chickenpox by Jan. 2 or risk not being allowed at school. Students who had
appointments scheduled for the shots by Saturday were allowed at school
Those who have not been vaccinated will be kept from attending school
despite months of warnings about the approaching deadline.
Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Instruction Donna Hanlin said the
students had not been vaccinated for a "variety" of reasons.
While vaccines for hepatitis B and chickenpox have been required of students
in prekindergarten through fourth grade, new guidelines extended the
requirements to students through ninth grade. The vaccines were to be
enforced in September, but an emergency regulation extended the deadline to
Hanlin said that officials believed on Friday that 34 students would be
excluded from school Monday. As of Monday afternoon, that number had dropped
to 26 students expected to be absent today.
Statewide, about 12,000 students were not compliant as of Friday, said Bill
Reinhard, a spokesman for the State Department of Education.
Reinhard said late Monday that more than 2,600 students were sent home from
school in 12 of the state's 24 jurisdictions. Several systems did not have
classes Monday because it is the end of the semester. That number does not
count noncompliant students who didn't show up at school.
Washington County officials said the number of absent students likely will
drop in the next few days as students are vaccinated.
Nineteen students went to a clinic at South Hagerstown High School during
the school day Monday for the shots, Hanlin said. She said the school was
chosen to host the clinic because it is where the majority of the
unvaccinated students are enrolled.
Several vaccination clinics have been held at the Washington County Health
Officials say they are working with the health department to make sure the
remaining students are vaccinated so they may return to school.
"If they stay out of school for too many days, it becomes an issue of
truancy," Mowen said.
Officials have said they might use the court system to encourage parents to
get their children vaccinated. Hanlin said before that option is explored
officials are "trying to find out what the road blocks are" to being
The issue: A new Maryland law requires students in prekindergarten through
ninth grade to be vaccinated for hepatitis B and chickenpox. Students were
excluded from school if they did not have the vaccines or an appointment for
the vaccines by Jan. 20.
What's new: As many as 26 Washington County Public Schools students will be
excluded from school today for failing to comply with the requirement.
What's next: School officials and the Washington County Health Department
will be working to ensure that those students receive vaccinations.
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