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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