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Allegheny County Health Department and School Districts Misinforming the Public
Date:8/10/2009

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Allegheny County Health Department and some Pennsylvania school districts are blatantly misinforming the public regarding vaccine requirements for the upcoming 2009-10 school year, according to the national organization AutismLink.

The Health Department, in several recent advertisements, news releases and announcements is informing parents that up-to-date immunizations are required for school attendance and that in 2008 the Allegheny County Health Department changed vaccination requirements for ALL school-aged children. They state that those who have not provided documentation of compliance with the new immunization requirements will not be permitted to attend school or participate in extra-curricular activities at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

This is blatantly false. "Many parents feel very strongly about following a less rigorous vaccine schedule than that recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Allegheny County Health Department. Telling parents that they MUST vaccinate their child or they will be thrown out of school is misinformation," said Cindy Waeltermann, Director of AutismLink. Waeltermann stresses that many parents of children with autism, in particular, choose to follow a less aggressive vaccination schedule. "We are not telling parents not to immunize. We are telling them that they have a choice."

Pennsylvania state law, under Section 23.84 can be found on the Pennsylvania Code Law website (http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/028/chapter23/s23.84.html.) states that you may claim Medical or Religious exemption if you object to vaccinations if the parent, guardian or emancipated child objects in writing to
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