You've probably seen a lot of tasteless jokes lately about un-vaccinated children dying but the reality is none of these children have a say in their healthcare or vaccine status for most of their lives. Most of these children will not have the opportunity to get a single vaccine until they are allowed to consent to their own medical care as adults (and some are doing just that as soon as they turn 18!)
In some cases, depending on where you live, some teenagers still in high school are being given a few exceptions to take charge of their vaccine status and a LOT of them are taking their opportunity to get at least a little caught up. For one high school student who had already dealt with more than one school suspension for not being up to date, she had enough! Her mother... was furious.
After being suspended in both grades 7 and 8, this high school student refused to be dealt another suspension in high school. Since her mother ignored the notices sent home from the school, she took her opportunity to get vaccinated. Her mother threw an absolute tantrum!
(I know Karens everywhere are getting a bad reputation these days, but come on!)
It's obvious this high school student only wanted what was best for her health and education.
According to the CDC and FDA:
The safety of HPV vaccine has been well studied. Before the three HPV vaccines were licensed by the FDA, each underwent years of testing through clinical trials to make sure they were safe.
The vaccines were tested in 74,000 individuals and licensed by the FDA.
Since HPV vaccine became available in 2006, there have been many large safety studies conducted in the United States and other countries — with reassuring findings. There have been no confirmed safety signals (i.e. higher than expected number of adverse events) observed, with the exception of syncope (fainting).
But "mama bear" wasn't paying attention.
Mom went straight to discussion about suing the school.
She tried to explain to her mother that the expectations in elementary school were different than the ones set for high school students.
"I KNOW THE LAWWWWW"
Yeah, OKAY, Karen.
Most states do allow religious exemptions from vaccinations, but we're not convinced this is the proper case for this teenager and her mother.
The Immunization of School Pupils Act is for students in Ontario, Canada.
No one thought she was "the asshole," by the way.
Should mom sue the school or let it go? Do you support the daughter for taking charge of her health? Let us know!