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10/23/2009 3:43:50 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia:

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Virginia: "We're Saving the Vaccine for Public School Children"

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We have received scattered reports that homeschool families have been
turned away when they tried to obtain an H1N1 vaccination for their
children. For example, a mother brought her two children in to a
health district office yesterday and was told that her children could
not get vaccinated because they were saving vaccine for public school
children.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff communicated with state officials
and as a result the children were given immediate access to the
vaccine.

We are also aware that the public schools of the City of Alexandria
refused to allow homeschool children to be vaccinated along with
public school children. We are in communication with state officials
about this problem and are working toward a resolution.

Protection of the health of homeschooled children is just as important
as the protection of health of public school children. We realize that
the decision to seek vaccination is highly individual, and that some
parents believe there are excellent reasons to forego the H1N1
vaccination.

However, if you want your child to be vaccinated and a public health
department has turned you away, please let us know immediately so we
can look into it.

In some cases there simply may not be enough vaccine for all those who
want it. However, homeschool children should receive priority in
receipt of the vaccine over individuals who are not in a target group,
that is, a group that has been identified as especially vulnerable.

Sincerely

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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