SHOULD IMMUNOCOMPROMISED CHILDREN ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOL?
Immunocompromised children are at significant risk of infectious diseases at school regardless of whether the other children have or have not been vaccinated. Immunocompromised children, such as cancer patients, have weak immune systems that can cause a typically minor illness to become life-threatening. To protect these children, health officials seek to eliminate vaccine exemptions for all other children – even children whose parents seek to exempt from vaccines because their child suffered a vaccine injury.
However, children who have recently received a vaccine can be contagious and spread disease to an immunocompromised child for a period of time. Research shows that vaccines for pertussis and diphtheria cause vaccinated persons to become asymptomatic carriers that can spread the bacteria to others. Over 200 viruses cause influenza-like illness, with the flu vaccine only addresses 3 of these — and per the CDC, the flu vaccine was only 18% effective this year. Tetanus is not a communicable disease, and Hepatitis B is a blood-borne disease not spread by casual contact. Requiring full vaccination of all children does not provide a safe environment at school for an immunocompromised child, and could cause a previously vaccine-injured child to suffer further harm from additional vaccination.