Vermont debates letting parents skip vaccines for their kids

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Vermont debates letting parents skip vaccines for their kids
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For Jennifer Stella, it’s a question of informed consent. Her son had a seizure after getting childhood vaccinations and her daughter suffered a “head-to-toe” eczema outbreak; she says parents should research the risks and benefits of immunizations and decide which ones are appropriate.

For Jill Olson, a mother of two, it’s a matter of trusting the experts. 

“There’s not really any way that as an individual I can do more scientific study and research than the American Academy of Pediatrics or the Centers for Disease Control,” she said.

For Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith, the state motto sums it up: “freedom and unity” — individual choice versus the public health benefit of having a high percentage of kids vaccinated.
“It’s a balance between individual rights and our obligations to each other in society,” the Democratic speaker said.

For much of the legislative session, Vermont has been embroiled in a debate over whether to end the “philosophical exemption” — essentially a right of refusal for parents who want to enroll their children in school or child care without immunizations. The list of shots called for by the state Health Department and the CDC is roughly 20 by the time a child enters kindergarten.

The CDC and state health officials say Vermont is among the states with the highest exemption rates for childhood vaccination…………… continues on Fox News

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Parents and kids at PS 29 protesting asbestos abatement project

Parents at a Cobble Hill public school are fighting an asbestos abatement project that’s about to start while their kids are still in class.

Angry parents at PS 29 said they only learned about the project late last week, and started pressing Dept. of Education officials to postpone removal of the hazardous substance until school’s out for the summer.

“We are so upset; no one has given us any details about how long this will go on,” said Julian Stysis, 34, a Cobble Hill resident whose 9-year-old child is a 4th grader at the Henry St. school.

Stysis plans to keep his child out of school if the asbestos work goes forward — and says many other parents plan to do likewise.

Stysis said a School Construction Authority official told him the asbestos work won’t be postponed at PS 29 because that would “set a bad precedent.”

DOE spokeswoman Marge Feinberg said the asbestos removal will begin Friday after school hours when all students have left the buildin…………… continues on New York Daily News

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