A 4-year-old boy has not been allowed back to school since Thursday because he can’t receive a flu shot that he’s reportedly allergic to.
Pre-K student Jeremy Pereira has been asked to stay at home after his parents refused to give him a flu shot. The boy is allergic to eggs which is an ingredient in flu vaccines.
Jeremy’s parents explained that they’ve obtained a doctor’s note that confirms the boy’s egg allergy. However, medical officials claimed that this doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s allergic to the influenza vaccine.
“They said you have to come in, give him a shot, wait a half hour, 45 minutes, and see what happens,” Jeremy’s mother Alyssa Pereira explained.
Fearing Jeremy’s reaction to the vaccine, his parents have opted out of the test, and neither they nor the school have moved from their position.
“I’m completely disappointed that we didn’t get more answers or more help from them rather than just kind of, ‘Sorry he can’t come to school,'” Jeremy’s father Joe Pereira said. “I mean, what other routes could we take, what else could we do, other than give him the shot? Because he’s not going to get the shot.”
New Jersey is one of the only states to require children to receive a flu vaccine to attend a licensed daycare or preschool.