What Every Parent Needs to Know About Back to School Vaccine Threats and Exemptions

Dozens of recent news headlines offer threats to parents that a back to school vaccine regimen is required for their children be allowed to attend school. Some of these reports may only mention vaccine exemptions in a brief sentence at the very end of the article. However, many of these articles fail to mention anywhere that vaccine exemptions are available and allowed in all fifty states. [1]

These misleading news sources are doing their readers a great disservice by not informing parents that their children do not need to be vaccinated to attend public schools.

The Misleading Mainstream Media

A writer from the Omaha World Herald stated that seventh graders in Iowa must be vaccinated against meningitis, claiming “the immunization requirement was changed by the Iowa Legislature and adopted by the Iowa Department of Health in January.” She failed to report that in Iowa, parents may obtain a medical or religious vaccine exemption for their child. [2]

Another Iowa news source, KCCI Des Moines, erroneously published a headline claiming “Thousands could miss school over mandatory meningitis vaccination.” At the end of their story, they reported that “although the vaccination is mandatory, some students may be exempted for medical or religious reasons.” All, not just some, students in Iowa are indeed eligible for medical or religious exemptions. [3]

A recent editorial published by the Jacksonville Journal Courier claims that vaccinations are the “most important back-to-school need” for students in Illinois. The writer admonishes parents that, in addition to a mandate for the chicken pox vaccine “there also are requirements to guard against pertussis, polio, tetanus, diphtheria, influenza, pneumonia, hepatitis and tetanus.” [4]

The article mentions that some Illinois parents have claimed religious exemptions, but fails to mention that in Illinois, medical exemptions are also available.

A short reminder published on the Florida Keys News website tells parents, “Don’t forget vaccinations as the start of school nears.” News staff claimed, “The following vaccines are required for children entering preschool and kindergarten through grade 12: Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, polio, varicella (chickenpox) and hepatitis B.” This media source completely failed to inform its audience that in Florida, medical and religious exemptions are available. [5]

A report published by The Leader-Herald detailed a long list of New York state vaccine requirements for children attending day care or school, but again, this warning to parents did not share a single word of information about the medical and religious exemptions that are available in New York. [6]

There are hundreds of editorials, articles, and reminders to parents just like these, warning them that vaccines are required for their child to attend school or public day care, but failing to inform parents that may claim an exemption for their child.

Why the Media Pushes Vaccines

Parents must consider the reasons why news sources are sharing misleading information about vaccines. These media outlets may receive revenue and other funding from pharmaceutical companies and hospitals, both of which benefit from increased vaccine sales.

As we have reported previously in 8 Reasons Why Your Child’s Doctor Pushes Vaccines, doctors can be eligible for financial incentives and large bonuses when they achieve a high rate of vaccination among their patients.


Because the mainstream media has financial interest in promoting vaccines, informed parents must seek information elsewhere about back to school vaccine mandates and exemptions. Parents, as you prepare to send your child back to school, do your homework and determine which exemptions are available in your area. A list of vaccine exemptions for all fifty states is published online by the National Vaccine Information Center.

Sharing this article with other parents will also help them make informed decisions about vaccines.


  1. http://www.nvic.org/vaccine-laws/state-vaccine-requirements.aspx
  2. http://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska…
  3. http://www.kcci.com/article/thousands-could-miss-school…
  4. http://www.myjournalcourier.com…back-to-school
  5. http://www.flkeysnews.com/news/local/education/article165642137.html
  6. https://www.leaderherald.com…children-need-to-be-immunized-for-school/

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Missy Fluegge

Missy Fluegge is the mom of three children who have taught her abundantly about life, more than she learned in over sixteen years of formal schooling. Her passions include mothering, teaching fine arts, researching and serving as a parent educator. Many years ago, she traded her nightstand for a bookshelf, which always holds at least a dozen books-in-progress, mostly non-fiction reads that support her fairytale notion of saving the world one person at a time.

  • William Slagle

    All most all students should be vaccinated. People who think otherwise are ignorant and harmful to our society.

  • William Slagle

    This site is based on ignorance, narcissism, and an utter lack of academic acumen and integrity. This site should be shut down and the people who are responsible for it should go to jail. You should be held accountable and charged with manslaughter for any deaths or serious illness that your stupidity is a contributing factor of.

  • But yet you can not actually debate any of these issues and show cause for why what is put forth here in the articles, is incorrect. So you as well simply throw only more of your own hypocritical, falsely fear mongering, and also as well what is only more of the false vaccine propaganda …at it. And this was the best you can do?

  • Tell that to the now large number of existing parents with vaccine injured children. You are actually beyond ignorant, and your actually uneducated pro-vax message, is what is actually and seriously harmful to society.

  • What you are prescribing is called, whether you know it or not, medical fascism. It didn’t work out so well for certain demographics in the 1930s and 1940s. If your really love the model you are promoting, I suggest you move to North Korea.

  • CAsaxman

    Pray tell, why is there a completely separate, cocooned judicial process for vaccination related injury cases? They ACTUALLY have their own court! Reminds me of the Federal Reserve auditing themselves. What a JOKE!!!

  • AutismDadd

    It controls the overall dilemma by creating arbitrary definitions, cut off points and table injuries. It can exclude that worst vaccine injuries like SIDS and autism. It can deny the majority of claims then tell us the numbers of adverse reactions are low and mild. It can set up the NVICP and VAERS and use disclaimers to turn real evidence into coincidence and supposition so it can’t be used in a REAL court. If you are familiar with Dr Andrew Wakefield and Professor John Walker Smith, that’s an example of what I’m saying. Walker Smith was “convicted” by a kangaroo court run by the British General Medical Council. When Walker Smith sued in real court, Judge Mitting called his conviction unlawful and reversed it.

  • AutismDadd

    Thanks Dr Pill

  • AutismDadd

    You should go to skepticalraptor where all the pro-vaccine shills exist in a snake pit of lies.

  • AutismDadd

    Just another drive by pro-vac…ignore

  • sabelmouse

    the size of those backpacks! i remember discussion about back problems caused by school bags from the 70s. and nothing has changed.
    most of our books weren’t even used but made a nice profit as they were mandatory.
    yeah, the system care for children’s health.

  • sabelmouse

    i say that about big pharma, doctors, and the health system all the time. instead they get away with maiming and murder.

  • sabelmouse

    and so many online seem to love medical fascism. not so much the people in the street protesting. and in germany it needed an empty parliament past midnight to push through mandates.
    big protests are planned in berlin next week.
    wir impfen nicht on facebook.

  • Nik Pfirsig

    The data collected by the VAERS is a fine example of a “dirty” data set – in other words, the data is collected and recorded in ways that makes the system nearly useless for most research purposes.
    – Reporting is not encouraged. As a result, the reporting system cannot be used to determine the frequency to adverse events relative to vaccination events.
    – There are no standards for reporting symptoms. A suspected symptom may be spelled and abbreviated in numerous ways, (e.g. hearing problems occurring after injection may include medical terms like “otitus medea”, “ot. m.” or layman terms like “ear pain”). Additionally groups of symptoms may be reported collectively as part of a syndrome. The net effect here is that the VAERS data is much more useful for creating plausible deniability of corelations between the reactions and any vaccine.

  • eggman2

    Some mother in San Diego rejected the school requirement for vaccines, and took them to court for not letting her kid in school. She won, and I believe that she was an illegal alien. If an illegal alien can do it ,anyone can.

    Why people do not get together and create cooperatives for home schooling ? Home schooling is said to be better. When the stupid teachers and stupid politicians get the sense that their stupid schools are not needed, they will feel sorry about it.

  • Ruth

    A shriekingly biased hysteric. I hope you learn some compassion and open your mind. What you are proposing is fascism.

  • Ruth

    Say what?!? I think you are ignorant and harmful to our society.

  • Isak Zachariasen

    it baffles me how one can include so much bullshit in so few sentences.

  • AutismDadd

    Do you always brag about yourself this way?

  • totally agree!!!