Parents skeptical or opposed to vaccinating their children are turning to homeschooling to avoid vaccinating their children. During the first week in July, The Wall Street Journal reports, parents attended workshops hosted by the anti-vaccine organization New York Alliance for Vaccine Rights. The events covered course requirements, instruction plans, extracurricular activity options, and potential financial resources for parents.
While some parents in attendance hoped that New York’s exemptions would be reinstated, many felt that homeschooling their children was the only option we have at this point. One mother of three unvaccinated children said she would quit her part-time job as a fashion designer to homeschool her kids. I need to quit everything I’m doing to become an educator, she said.
According to The Journal, the effort comes just weeks after New York joined 5 other states to end religious exemptions for children who attend schools within the Empire State. As it turns out, a state judge recently turned away a challenge to New York’s religious exemptions repeal and 26 other states are taking action to further restrict or outright repeal immunization exemptions.
Until recently, parents had filed religious exemptions in order to avoid vaccinating their children did so usually based on false or misleading information. As of July 3, over 1100 cases of vaccine-preventable measles in 28 states have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Which is the highest number of cases in the United States since 1992 in which US health officials declared measles eliminated (an absence of continuous spread for a year) in 2000.
Anti-vaccine or vaccine skeptic parents homeschooling their children can present problems and the various states that allow homeschooling have different rules (or none at all) when it comes to vaccinating kids educated by their parents. Hopefully, this will not result in homeschooling opponents (such as teachers unions) to use vaccine outbreaks as a reason to push to outlaw the practice. A way to avoid any complications would be for states (such as New York) where homeschooling is legal and don’t require immunizations to require parents to send their state education departments proof of child vaccinations according to state or CDC immunization schedules and that a parent’s children must have their vaccinations done or updated before their homeschool applications can be approved.
Never forget that the anti-vaccine movement is an environmentalist front that seeks to kill off humans by infecting people with diseases (like measles or small pox) so people can die slow, painful deaths. Undermining vaccines by lying about them, falsely claiming they cause autism in children undermines legitimate medical science and can accomplish their goal of human extermination a lot quicker.
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