Carl Krawitt wrote a letter to the school district in Marin County, California asking officials to bar kids from attending school until they are vaccinated.
Krawitt is not trying to start a fight with the school or with parents who choose not to vaccinate. He is trying to protect his child who relies on herd immunity –the belief that being surrounded by vaccinated people will protect unvaccinated individuals from the virus– to stay alive.
Carl’s son Rhett has been in remission from leukemia for a year and a half. Rhett received the measles vaccine when he was a baby, but the antibodies were wiped out by chemotherapy and his immune system is still too weak to get new shots. Carol told CNN that if Rhett contracted measles, he may not survive the illness.
California laws allow parents to send their children to school without receiving vaccinations for measles, whooping cough or chicken pox. Marin County has the highest number of unvaccinated children in California, according to CNN.
In his interview with CNN, Krawitt acknowledges that his request to ban unvaccinated children will be denied, but he is hoping that it will start a meaningful conversation with parents who’ve decided not to vaccinate their children.
“Instead of waiting for an outbreak and reacting to what is a disease, let’s get ahead of it and avoid having the outbreak in the first place,” said Krawitt.
One California parent told CNN that the Marin County school district contains a well-educated group of people and that parents who chose not to vaccinate are doing so for a reason.
Some people should not receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for health reasons, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Individuals with a life-threatening allergic reaction to neomycin have a weakened immune system, and people who experienced an adverse reaction to a previous dose of the MMR vaccine should not get another dose.
David Carney joined Philadelphia, PA firm, Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. in September 2010. He focuses his practice in medical malpractice, products liability, premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, dram shop, vaccine injury compensation, mass torts, class actions, asbestos and mesothelioma and other personal injury matters.