One CafeMom does not vaccinate her children against the seasonal flu, nor did she want her little girl immunized against H1N1. She just doesn't believe the illness is as bad as the media is making out to warrant it.
And yet, the school vaccinated her daughter without her consent. There have been stories of this happening other places, but this is the first I've heard involving a CafeMom.
This mom is sharing her experience her to let other moms know that while it may not be common, mistakes are being made:
How It Happened
On October 21, my 5 year old daughter's school distributed information about the vaccine along with a permission slip. It asked whether I consent to the H1N1 vaccine and I circled no. I returned the slip to the school a few days later. On a Monday, I got a slip of paper informing parents that vaccines would be given last Thursday. Children with forms that were not turned in would not get the vaccine, the letter said.
On that Thursday morning I told my daughter, Paige, that she won't be getting the vaccine, and that if they tried to give it to her, to tell them her mommy said no. When she got off the bus, I asked if any of her friends had received it. That's when she told me that she got it.
They gave her the nasal mist. She and other students thought it was water being shot into their nose. She told me she'd explained to a teacher that she was not supposed to get the shot, but they didn't listen to her. She said it burned her nose and tasted bad. I tried calling the school and no one answered. I got there too late, nobody was there.
Last Friday I took her to school and confirmed with the principal that she did in fact get the shot. I asked who was responsible for looking at the forms and he said many people. I asked for a copy of the permission slip. They said the health department had it and would send me a copy. The school nurse was not there, so I did not talk to her. The health department called me back later and apologized, saying the vaccine was safe. If she has any reactions, I'm to take her to the doctor.
My husband called a couple of lawyers today, but we were not able to get a hold of anyone. I want people to know this is happening. I used to think parents were being paranoid about this vax, but not any more.
What would you do if your son or daughter was vaccinated against your wishes?
Written by Cynthia Dermody for CafeMom's Big Kid Buzz