The school district sent home a sheet today explaining that my child along with all the other students could receive the flu vaccination from school. I MUST fill out the form. The form, itself, is not optional. The vaccination is.
After a few questions ranging from how old is your child to allergies to health issues, the district then gives you two choices. You MUST check one.
YES, I WANT TO HELP PROTECT MY FAMILY AND COMMUNITY FROM FLU BY ALLOWING MY CHILD TO RECEIVE A FLU VACCINE! (this option was written just like this- all caps, in bold, underlined)
NO, I DO NOT wish to help protect my child and community by allowing my child to participate(reason)_____
(written just like this- smaller font, no bold, no underline)
So to my daughter's school's district-
You have a lot of chutzpah to word your document this way. I would have checked yes, but due to your arrogance, I am checking no and here are my reasons:
- I am the parent.
- I will take my daughter to her doctor.
- I am an asshole.
- She already received her flu shot.
- Your job is to teach the state requirements and flu vaccination is not part of the curriculum.
- Fuck you.
- My kid hates needles.
- The flu vaccine is NOT required to attend school. When it is, you may have your opinion.
- My child's medical needs are my business.
- Your wording pissed me off.
- I am saying no because I want to see what happens.
- Because I said no and that is my right.
DAMN. Why is the form worded this way??? FOR REAL. How about:
____ I would like the school to administer the flu vaccination to my child.
____ I would not like the school to administer the flu vaccination to my child.
Is that so hard? If it is, I can help you redo the form for next year.
How dare you ASSume by checking no that I am careless, reckless, and do not give a damn about my child, my family, and my community. That could not be further from the truth! I care deeply about all those people. ALL of them.
What I do not care for is your jackass attitude. Your jackass wording. Your jackass thought that a parent who checks no might actually be responsible and make a decision benefiting their child.
Your form is maddening and again, I vaccinate my kids. I can only imagine what parents, who have valid reasons for saying no to the flu shot, are thinking.
I get it. People die from the flu. I know this. I also know the flu vaccine is not legally required and your form is intended to scare people into checking yes.
I will protect my child, my family, and my community. I will also be checking NO.
My reason? None of your damn business.