Unvaccinated Girl Banned from School Even Though Doctor Cleared Her
The vaccination debate takes on another dimension this week as a kindergarten girl is banned from her school in Staten Island, New York because she hasn’t received the chicken pox vaccine. According to NBCNewYork.com, Frankie Wagner’s doctor won’t give her the varicella vaccine because she has a 14-week-old sister at home. This is her pediatrician’s standard practice because there is a risk that infants can contract the virus used in the vaccine. But this isn’t good enough for school administrator who say little Frankie can’t be in kindergarten.
Elizabeth Wagner, Frankie’s mother, has appealed to the Department of Education for a medical exemption, but her request was denied. The family’s pediatrician also wrote to the DOE, saying there is a very real possibility Wagner’s youngest child may have inherited her mother’s immunodeficiency disease but that they can’t test her until she’s at least a year old. If the baby does have a compromised immune system, any virus she could contract from her sister’s varicella vaccine could be very dangerous to her. The DOE has told Wagner she can appeal the decision with the state. Still, it’s understandable the school would be concerned for the health of its students.