BOSTON (CBS) — All students in Massachusetts will be required to get the flu vaccine before the end of the year.
State public health officials made the announcement Wednesday, citing the importance of reducing flu-related illnesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in a statement. WBZ 4 CBS Boston
— Mass. Public Health (@MassDPH) August 19, 2020
With all the chaos going on during 2020, it seems that Boston now faces another dilemma that the citizens are very split over. This particular requirement, is now enforcing vaccines on children.
According to Boston local CBS news, Students are expected to get their flu vaccine by Dec. 31, 2020.
Exemptions will be made for medical or religious reasons, the state said. Homeschooled students and college students who are completely off campus and only learning remotely are also exempted.
“Influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities,” the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Last I checked, people were supposed to be able to make these choices for themselves, yet now that freedom of choice is being stripped from them.
New students who will be entering school between Jan. 1 and March 31 will need to be vaccinated first, the state said. A second dose of the flu vaccine in the same season may be recommended based on the child’s age and vaccination history, but it won’t be required for school entry.
I for one have never done a flu shot and I am not about to start, however, it is my choice and if anyone ever told me that for my children to attend school that they would be required to get them, I would have a huge problem with that and would find home schooling programs.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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