Mom Says No Swine Flu Shot, School Gives it Anyway

vaccineA mom who opted out on the swine flu shots for kids at her daughter’s school is spitting mad – the school immunized the child anyway.

Natasha Jones told WSOCTV she’d told the school nurse at her daughter’s South Carolina Elementary School she specifically didn’t want the girl inoculated against swine flu.

Jones’ argument that the girl has asthma and her doctor had advised against the vaccine doesn’t make much sense – the condition would actually put most kids at even higher risk than most for infection. But how anyone feels about Jones’ decision doesn’t matter.

She’s the parent. She made the decision. And the school had an obligation to follow it.

So what happened? The school district told the TV station it was a simple oversight – Jones had signed paperwork for her kids to get the shot. Then she went to the school to tell the nurse she’d changed her mind, but district officials say the paperwork was accidentally left in the pile.

Makes sense, except a mother specifically pulling her child out of the shot rotation should set off an alarm with the school, right? How many parents showed up for a face-to-face meeting with the school nurse? Even with 8,000 students in the elementary school, that particular incident has to stand out.

And a parent reserves the right to change their mind. If anything, this calls into question the wisdom of holding massive shot clinics in the school with permission slips. Kids don’t know what they’re walking into without a parent on hand – especially at six, they’re just following the crowd.

School sponsored clinics may be the best way to immunize the largest number of kids, but perhaps a Saturday clinic or after-school session with parents present would prevent this sort of mishap?

Image: alvi2047 via flickr

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