Exemptions will be made for medical or religious reasons, the state said. Homeschooled students and college students who are completely off-campus and only learning remotely are also exempted. Massachusetts is the first state to require the flu shot for K-12 and college students, according to CNN. Only a few other states have flu vaccine requirements for daycare and preschool children under 5 years old. “On top of all the COVID-19 troubles, you may as well cut one thing out,” said Natick mom Jess Mantaro, when she heard the new announcement. “Especially this year. It’s one less thing to worry about if you get the flu shot. Hopefully, it’s very effective this year.”
I have a few questions about this new policy:
- Why are only students being forced to get flu vaccines? What about the teachers, the staff, and the parents of the students?
- ‘Exemptions for medical or religious reasons.” What about people who are atheists? Also, how can you prove you belong to a particular religion.
- How is the school system to verify a student’s vaccination?
- If flu vaccines aren’t 100% effective, what is the point of doing this?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the flu vaccine can reduce the risk of serious illness by 40 percent to 60 percent during seasons when the vaccine is well-matched to most of the circulating viruses. That seems like it’s hit or miss. How does anyone know if the vaccine is ‘well-matched’ by December 31st?
I read that homeschooled students are exempt from this new rule. Also, higher education students who are entirely off-campus and engaged in remote learning are exempt. Elementary and secondary students in online-only classes are not exempt.
Once they start making exemptions, especially as many as this, the policy is doomed.
Mass Vaccinations? I’m very skeptical of forced vaccinations. When I found out about this, everything changed:
In the winter of 1976, a novel strain of influenza caused hundreds of respiratory infections at Fort Dix in New Jersey. The virus appeared to be closely genetically related to the 1918 flu pandemic that killed over 100 million people globally. Health Secretary F. David Matthews solemnly predicted at the time: “We will see a return of the 1918 flu virus that is the most virulent form of the flu. In 1918 a half-million Americans died. The projections are that this virus will kill one million Americans in 1976.” It sounds similar to the predictions we heard about deaths from COVID-19 in February and March of 2020. President Gerald Ford’s administration embarked on a zealous campaign to vaccinate every American. In late March of 1976, President Ford announced the federal government’s plan to immunize “every man, woman, and child in the United States.” Emergency legislation for the “National Swine Flu Immunization Program” was signed on April 15th, 1976. Some suggested the vaccination campaign seemed politically motivated due to Gerald Ford’s reelection campaign that year. The vaccination program turned out to be a deadly mistake. Adverse reports soon surfaced about the vaccine. Due to the urgency of creating new immunizations for a novel virus, the government used an attenuated “live virus” for the vaccine instead of an inactivated or “killed” form, increasing the probability of adverse side effects among susceptible groups of people. A neuromuscular disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome was discovered in recipients of the drug, and vaccinations were halted about two months after they began. The vaccine subsequently resulted in over four-hundred and fifty people developing the paralyzing Guillain-Barré syndrome. The New York Times went on to declare the vaccination program a “fiasco.” It was a clear repudiation of what was supposed to be a well-intentioned public health initiative by the United States government. The lingering effects persist. American’s distrust of vaccines can be traced to this disaster. The 1976 Swine Flu debacle caused millions of concerned citizens to have negative perceptions of both the flu and the flu shot.
Clayton Craddock is an independent thinker, father of two beautiful children in New York City. He is the drummer of the hit broadway musical Ain’t Too Proud. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University’s School of Business and is a 25 year veteran of the fast-paced New York City music scene. He has played drums in several hit broadway and off-broadway musicals, including “Tick, tick…BOOM!, Altar Boyz, Memphis The Musical and Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Also, Clayton has worked on: Footloose, Motown, The Color Purple, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, and Avenue Q.