Re: "Nearly one-fourth of Vashon kindergartners don't get shots" (TNT, 2-7).
I read with dismay about the residents of Vashon Island and how they legally opted out of vaccinations for their kids. The question to ask those who choose not to vaccinate their kids is does a teacher have the right not to teach kids who aren't vaccinated because of the possibility of exposure to these diseases?
Case in point. Our daughter teaches kindergarten and has an 8-week-old son who won't receive his MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination until he's 1 year old.
Should her son and our grandson be exposed to diseases where vaccinations have all but taken away the possibility of getting that disease? Should she be forced to teach unvaccinated kids?
I feel that those who listen to celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy, that well-known physician, and choose to avoid vaccinations are “pushing at the universe” in the wrong direction.
How would this go over if we were to segregate those kids without vaccinations away from those with vaccinations such as they do with kids who have peanut allergies at lunch time? Put them in classes where the teacher is not concerned with the possibility of exposure, if you can find one.