NJ outrage over flu shots
Foxnews.com and ABCnews.com reported on New Jersey being the first state to require flu shots for children before attending school. Both sources said parents were outraged that they didn't have a choice. FoxNews said parents are not against the flu shots but they are against not having a choice. Medical and religious reasons are allowed for exemption. New Jersey is especially vulnerable to diseases such as the flu due to a high population density and many recently arrived immigrants. Some New Jersey parents think this is just an act of over-protection because people need to be exposed in order to develop immunity.
ABCNews says parents formed a protest on Thursday outside the statehouse in Trenton regarding this issue. Parents say requests for exemptions, even for medical or religious, are rarely granted and New Jersey officials oppose any laws allowing parents to opt out of the vaccine.