Connecticut’s Department Of Public Health is warning parent’s of pre-K children that “time’s up” for flu shots. As per state law, the schools will be forced to kick out any two to four-year-olds who don’t have their flu shots.
The only acceptions will be for parents who present signed statements from health care providers showing the child has a flu shot appointment. Otherwise, the child simply can’t attend school after December 31, 2018.
The city of New Haven will host numerous flu clinics over the course of the next few days as a way to expedite the process.
According to wtnh, the reason for the law is based on flu statistics:
The reason behind the requirement is because every year here in the U.S., roughly 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of the flu.
For parents who don’t want to give a flu shot to such a young child, it is doubtful that the local news’ justifications over the matter will placate them. School systems are being used by lawmakers to help usher in a world that presents parents with less medical empowerment. While it is reasonable to want less sick kids, it isn’t reasonable to allow the government to have authoritarian powers over children’s medical choices.
This is a dangerous slippery slope.