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Friday, December 14th 2007

Mandatory Flu Shots

Wow, a medical requirement and not even one to take advantage of public services.

What I mean: while I don’t necessarily support, in full, mandatory car insurance there is a way of thinking about it that you’re using a public service which lends some credibility to the requirement. The same for mandatory vaccines for public school attendance. I don’t agree with that position but it’s an argument. But here, New Jersey is requiring pre-schoolers to get vaccines to attend private daycares. And the absurdity rises.

Starting in September, all children attending preschool or licensed day care centers will have to get an annual flu shot, Jacobs said. That makes New Jersey the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers or older students, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

If the private preschools want to make that a requirement, let them, but is this the state’s place? Even with these typical opt out rules in place,

New Jersey does grant an automatic exemption on religious grounds and allows exemptions for medical reasons.