Attorney Carlos A. Gamiño is a concerned dad who closely follows laws and statistics that might affect his kids – and Wisconsin’s steadily rising rate of unvaccinated children is nothing to sneeze at.
The ability to vaccinate our kids is a privilege that not everyone has – there are countries where vaccines just aren’t available or affordable. In most places across this country, at least, vaccines are required for kids to get into public schools… unless they have some sort of a waiver that exempts them.
While I’m not here to tell you whether you should or shouldn’t vaccinate your children, I want you to be aware of the cold, hard facts of Wisconsin law so you can make your own decisions. As many as 4 percent of kids in Wisconsin aren’t fully vaccinated, and it’s perfectly legal for them to attend school.
Wisconsin Vaccine Exemptions: What the Law Says
The laws in Wisconsin are crystal-clear on vaccine exemptions:
- Medical exemptions from vaccines. Wisconsin, like the other 49 states, supports medical exemptions. If a child is too ill to be vaccinated, or if he or she has a sibling who had a dangerous or life-threatening reaction to a shot, they can be medically exempted from receiving some or all vaccines with a note from a physician.
- Religious exemptions from vaccines. Parents can opt-out of vaccinating their children if their religious beliefs don’t allow them to use this type of preventive medicine.
- Philosophical exemptions from vaccines. Wisconsin families have had the right to opt-out of vaccines since 1980 for philosophical reasons; that means they have a personal conviction against vaccinations for any reason.
Now we know what the law allows – but why is it even a question?
Why People in Wisconsin Use Vaccine Exemptions
Aside from celebrities battling the climbing number of vaccine doses our kids are required to get, many people are questioning the safety and efficacy of all these shots. In fact, some government agencies are even reporting that some vaccines aren’t as effective as they previously thought.
What does this mean for you and your children?
That’s up to you.