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Vaccines not mandatory

Letters to the Editor …

A recent issue of the Boerne Star included an article entitled “No shots, no school, no kidding.” In this article, Boerne ISD nurses reminded parents that children’s immunizations must be up to date to attend school.

I would like to inform parents that under Texas law, immunizations are not mandatory in order to attend public school. Parents can opt out of all or some of the vaccinations for either religious, medical or philosophical reasons. There is a simple form available online entitled “Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations” available from the Texas Dept. of State Health Services.

While vaccines can certainly help ward off diseases, they also come with a risk. The manufacturers’ inserts, which your pediatrician will rarely show you, list side effects of vaccines ranging from fever and soreness to autoimmune conditions, convulsions and autism.

While the worst of these is rare, it is your right as a parent to decide which vaccines are worth the risk and which for many mild diseases are not.

– Angie Lemmons, Boerne