Florida school vaccinations required but not mandatory

Posted at 5:54 PM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 16:50:06-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County requires all students to be vaccinated. Some parents believe the government should be better about informing the public about all of their options.

Under Florida Law, vaccinations are required of all students attending public school, but they're not mandatory.

According to Florida Law, children can be exempt from vaccinations if the child is unable to be vaccinated for a medical reason. The state of Florida allows exemptions for religious purposes.

"As with any medical intervention, there are benefits and also risk and nothing is one size fit all. They're are people, their bodies cannot handle the toxic load that vaccines put in them," said Mackenzie Fraser, Co-Founder of Health Freedom Florida.

Even though there are a few ways to stop your child from getting vaccinations, the Florida Department of Health says vaccinations are required because they are proven to prevent illnesses.

"Vaccination has been one of the most successful health endeavors," said Kristi Hamilton, Leon County Florida Department of Heath Clinic Manger. "Just think about Polio. It's no longer in existence in the United States and it's only in a couple of countries in the world. That's due to the power of vaccinations."

But not everyone agrees.

"It really boils down to an issue of informed consent and anything less than a hundred percent of the truth is not the truth," said James Fenn, Co-Founder of Health Freedom Florida. "You should be able to make a choice for you and your family based on that risk."

The Leon County School District says if your child doesn't get immunized and does not have an exemption, they will not be allowed to register for school until they satisfy the requirement.

According to Wallet Hub, 33 percent of the children in Florida do not have immunizations.