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,