At the demonstration in front of the Massachusetts State Home in Boston, protesters– some of them children– held signs that read “Unavoidably unsafe,” “My child, my choice,” “Moms and dads call the shots” and “I am not a risk.” “No required shots” was composed in chalk in front of the statehouse. Many demonstrators were not using masks or social distancing, according to pictures and videos taken of the event.
Numerous protesters said that the flu shot should be an option– an argument regularly utilized versus mask requireds, including in schools– due to the pandemic.
” The influenza vaccine need to not be a mandate. It needs to be an option,” Jessica Marchant informed ABC Boston affiliate WCVB
Other protesters informed the station they think state authorities are “taking benefit” of the worry caused by the virus.
” I think parents are vulnerable right now. They require their kids to go to school and they backed us into a corner,” Taryn Proulx told WCVB. “We feel like we have to just comply or reorganize our entire lives and homeschool our kids.”
The required comes as specialists are bracing for what some have actually called a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and the flu. Kids are more susceptible to the seasonal influenza than COVID-19, medical specialists told ABC News Those under 5 years of ages are at the greatest threat of developing serious flu-related complications, according to the Centers for Illness Control and Avoidance
” It is more vital now than ever to get a flu vaccine because flu symptoms are really similar to those of COVID-19 and avoiding the flu will save lives and preserve healthcare resources,” Dr. Larry Madoff, medical director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Infectious Illness and Lab Sciences, said in a declaration revealing the influenza requirement.
Under the mandate, students need to now receive the vaccine yearly by Dec.31 Medical or spiritual exemptions are permitted. Home-schooled or off-campus university student are also exempt. Elementary and secondary trainees who are remote are not exempt.
A majority of school districts in the state, including Boston, plan to reopen in the coming weeks with hybrid learning, according to an analysis by WCVB
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Massachusetts has some of the greatest vaccination rates in the nation. During the 2018-2019 flu season, 81%of kids ages 6 months to 17 years and 53.5%of grownups got the vaccine, according to the CDC.
Massachusetts is the very first state to mandate the influenza vaccine for all children and joins a handful of states that already require it for kid care and/or preschool enrollees, according to research by the Immunization Action Union
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