8-Year-Old Expelled From School When Mom Wouldn’t Approve Booster Shot
[su_right_ad]The mother believes her 8-year-old is too young to receive the shot, and so the New York state school refused to let her attend class.
Jamie McNicholas says her 8-year-old daughter Ceili was expelled on Monday from Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, part of the Miller Place Union Free School District, NBC 4 New York reported.
The school told McNicholas that her daughter needed to get a Tdap booster shot, a state-mandated vaccine for whooping cough that also prevents tetanus and diphtheria, or she would not be allowed to return.
The mother refused to do so, saying her doctor told her the shot wasn’t safe for children younger than 10.
According to the FDA website, the Tdap booster shot is recommended only for children older than 10. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson, however, said the opposite.
“I believe in vaccinations, and that’s not the issue,” McNicholas said. “The issue is an age-appropriate vaccination.”
“If we give that T-Dap vaccination between 7 and 10, we are using it off label. And it’s not licensed for usage. So if we can’t use it, then we are the ones going to be held liable,” Long Island Pediatrician, Dr. Mary Renna, told CBS New York.[su_csky_ad]