Group says state-mandated vaccinations unfair

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A group of parents say they will home

school their children because they do not agree with Mississippi's

mandated vaccination schedule.

Debra Barnes is one of the parents. She says she would leave

Mississippi in a heartbeat if state health officials tried to force

her home-schooled children to be immunized.

Barnes is part of a growing network of parents whose decision to

home school their children rests on their belief that mandated

vaccinations for school children are a dangerous overreach by state

governments. Barnes leads a group of about 200 parents who have

problems with Mississippi's mandated vaccination schedule.

Some public health officials say they are concerned the growing

popularity of home schooling has created gaps in the vaccination

safety net, leading to outbreaks of rare childhood diseases.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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