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January 9th, 2013
10:24 AM ET

Four year old banned from pre-school for opting out of flu shot

Six states have made it mandatory for young children to get the vaccine in order to attend day care and pre-school. Alyssa and Joe Pereira refused to vaccinate their four year old son Jeremy because he is allergic to eggs and the vaccine contains traces of egg protein in it. He was banned from pre-school. New Jersey has since extended an exemption to opt out on these grounds just for this year. They stopped by to chat with Zoraida.

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control show 115 children dying from the flu from September 2010 to August 2011 that were not vaccinated. Jeremy’s parents still are not convinced that the shot has any effect, Joe says, “There is nothing definite about the shot working. I have never gotten the shot and never gotten the flu. I have plenty of friends who have gotten the shot with their kids and they get the flu, some of them almost immediately.”

Even though their son has severe allergic reactions to eggs, the Pereiras are confident their son will stay healthy during the flu season, Alyssa says, “He’s perfectly healthy except for a few allergies that he has, so that’s why we’re not so worried.”

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