School Unfairly Bans Kindergartner Because She's Not Vaccinated Against Chicken Pox (VIDEO)

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Have you heard about the kindergartner who is being banned from her class because she can't get a chicken pox vaccine? Yep, 5-year-old FrankieElizabeth Staiti was kicked out of her Staten Island elementary school because she hasn't been been vaccinated against it -- and the department of education refuses to allow her to return until she has.

But let me repeat -- FrankieElizabeth can't get the chicken pox vaccine, because there's a chance that doing so could be detrimental to the health of her newborn baby sister.

You see, the doctor is actually refusing to vaccinate FrankieElizabeth, because the baby could have a possibly fatal allergic reaction if she comes into contact with her sister after she's had the vaccine.

Take a look at this video clip to hear more about why the girls' mom, Elizabeth Wagner, is refusing to take any chances.

Can you blame her? If my pediatrician told me something might harm my newborn, I wouldn't want to allow it either. And since Elizabeth knows she has a hereditary immune disorder and isn't sure if the newborn baby has it as well, I don't blame her for being overly cautious.

I guess I could maybe understand where the department of education is coming from -- if the vaccine in question were anything other than chicken pox. I mean, chicken pox? Really? They truly think a little girl not having the chicken pox vaccine poses some sort of danger to her classmates?

As a pro-vaccine mom who believes all kids should be required to have them to attend school, I still think there are exceptions to every rule. And maybe I'd feel differently if this little girl was not protected against some major illness or disease -- but chicken pox?

News flash -- I had the chicken pox when I was a kid. Most of us did. And it really wasn't that big of a deal and we all turned out fine and healthy.

And another thing -- parents refuse vaccines all the time for "religious reasons," and somehow their kids manage to remain in school. Nine times out of ten, vaccine refusal for "religious reasons" is basically a fancy way of saying, "I don't believe in vaccines so I'm using religion as an excuse."

But FrankieElizabeth has a valid, medical reason for why she has not been vaccinated, yet she still got kicked to the curb. And something about it really seems so unfair and wrong.

I don't blame her poor mother for feeling helpless, upset, and irate over this situation, because any parent in her shoes would be at a loss over what to do about it. But hopefully she'll win her appeal and her little girl will be able to return to class where she belongs in the very near future. This whole case is just so unnecessary and ridiculous, if you ask me.

Do you think FrankieElizabeth should be allowed to go back to school?


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aeneva aeneva

All states have medical exemptions. If the mother had filed the proper paperwork with a properly worded medical exemption from the doctor then her child would be allowed in school.  End of story.  Mom needs to get the paperwork filed.  If you are refusing vaccines then you need to do your due diligence if you want your children in school.

Coles... Coles_mom

Schools have rules. If they give a break on one kid, then someone will expect something done for them. Follow the rules. This is easy.

Coles... Coles_mom

Oh....and I guess I should also's April. Kids started school in September. If her baby sister is truly a newborn, then she should have been vaccinated before the baby was ever born....

daydr... daydreamer6170

this is ridiculous, its a completely unnessesary vaccine.

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

This is a stupid vaccine. It's Chicken Pox for God's sake, not Ebola!

LostS... LostSoul88

I think the school is being stupid as hell. 

MrsRo... MrsRoberts413

1.) It's April and the school is just now raising a stink about it?  Ours don't make it past mid-September if they aren't vaccinated.  2.) Chicken pox is not fatal.  3.) Who on earth names their kid FrankieElizabeth?  Did they just stick the parents' names together?  Wackos. 

nonmember avatar Elizabeth Wagne

I am the mom and I was pregnant when school started, the vaccine should not be given when child is living with a pregnant woman. The doctor would not give it as per my infectious disease doctor. I also thought everyone should know I'm not asking for a waiver or excemption permanently, my doctor requested to wait till the baby is 6 months to 1 year old. Then granted everything is okay my daughter will receive the vaccine. Also she has all her other vaccinations

Serab... Serabelle

I think the chicken pox vaccine is stupid and unnecessary, and since to my knowledge it does not protect later in life against shingles, I personally would not want my child to get it. I know someone with shingles, it's a horrible disease that comes back yearly for her, she spends months miserable. I plan on doing what my mom did and expose my child as soon as I can. Get it over with and be done with it. Not to mention all these vaccines cannot be good for human's immune system down the road. We need to be exposed to things in order to fight other things off. I'm all for necessary vaccines, but not unnecessary ones, like chicken pox or the flu.

Haley Maya Unger

They are actually seeing babies come down with shingles that have been given the chicken pox vaccine. To me that one should be optional. I know I don't want to get it for my daughter and I am pro vaccine.

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