\"Peanut allergy treatment\" and schools;

Posted on: Sun, 03/23/2003 - 11:55pm
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If, in fact, certain "peanut allergy treatment" is approved for use in navigating Peanut Allergy, does anyone fear schools "requiring" it (peanut allergy treatment) for diagnosed PA children much the same way some schools now "require" chicken pox vaccine--and others--(although it is my understanding certain "peanut allergy treatment" is not a vaccine) for children who have not had chicken pox? (This is a purely hypothetical question)

Although I understand some persons refuse vaccines on certain grounds, if indeed, schools took this stance (can a school??), could refusal of "peanut allergy treatment" create a "loophole" of sort for school's having to create policy, written plans, or the like? Again, a purely hypothetical question.

I *personally* see peanut allergy (and life-threatening food allergies in general--but especially peanut allergy) as somewhat of an issue in schools today. I *personally* don't feel it is a rare occurance. I also *personally* feel there is more than occasional resistance when approaching schools regarding the subject.

(note my paragraphing)

MommaBear

Disclaimer: This is not intented as advice in any manner or form. The questions presented are purely hypothetical and presented for discussion.

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 12:47am
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When reading all the hype on the new vaccine, it did make me worry about community pressure to have my son take the drug regardless. Although, I'm not a purist, I'm also not crazy about taking drugs and only do so when absolutely necessary. At this point in time, I don't feel comfortable with injecting my son with a "fast-tracked" drug for which we have no idea about the long term effects.
Also there are so many people looking to make money and increase profits from this thing, it makes me a little worried about the drug's safety.
Also, if this is some type of "wonder" drug, who is going to pay for it. The wealthy will able to afford it and the rest---well tough luck. There is already a rift between the rich PA child receiving more security and safety than the poor. This will just add to it.

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 4:03am
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MommaBear,
Yes, MommaBear, I have had that concern. Although I don't think it equates to a chicken pox vaccine because that is given to prevent out-break, it had crossed my mind that they may try to use this argument in for determining liability and/or in the determination of "reasonable accomodations" regarding 504 issues.
I am not planning on letting Lauren take have this treatment. DH and I have heard concerns about it. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 10:05am
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Hi Momma Bear,
I would not want to take any treatment at first.. too risky.. who knows what the side effects are. I hope there would not be pressure placed upon us to try an unproven/untested treatment.
It's a good question/topic you have posted. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 11:12am
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b]It's a good question/topic you have posted. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]
(Memo to self): If I ever meet Erik and his future wife, I will have to buy them a decent bottle of Merlot.

Posted on: Mon, 03/24/2003 - 11:18am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b] (Memo to self): If I ever meet Erik and his future wife, I will have to buy them a decent bottle of Merlot.[/b]
Thank you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] And I'll bring along some Nestle Kit Kat fingers to dip into the merlot... yummy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 3:37am
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I can't allow myself to believe it'll ever come to pass that institutions may "pressure" pa people to take the pa vaccine. Institutions may insist on other vaccines that are applicable to the entire population to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. But pa isn't contagious, is not applicable to the entire population, and is not covered by insurance plans (at least in the beginning).
This discussion makes me think of the example of certain religious groups who are against blood transfusions even when they would save a life. The law allows for them to refuse treatment, am I right? (and I may very well be wrong)
What about the case of children who require transfusions but the parents refuse? What happens in those cases?
You may only be forced to undergo a procedure if your life is endangered by not doing so? So here schools would have to admit that their environment is fatal to the pa student body (which is increasing exponentially).
[b]How many individuals must an environment fatally endanger before it is deemed important to alter that environment to make it safe? Or do we just drug everybody up to "fix" the situation.[/b]
We're already drugging up alot of the "problem" kids with Ritalin --aren't they such a bother? Why change the settings to help accomodate their needs. Drugs are soooo much easier! (this last passage is meant to be sarcastic, btw)
FYI:
Here in Quebec, the chicken pox vaccine is NOT covered by government health insurance and very few private insurances cover it as well. I have never heard of a school here insisting that chicken pox vaccine be administered to students.

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 4:11am
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Arachide:
You posted:
"This discussion makes me think of the example of certain religious groups who are against blood transfusions even when they would save a life. The law allows for them to refuse treatment, am I right? (and I may very well be wrong)"
One would wonder if death or injury results as a consequence of refusing treatment, can legal avenues be pursued by the family of or the individual who refused treatment?
Arachide:
You posted:
"What about the case of children who require transfusions but the parents refuse? What happens in those cases?"
Some links I found interesting:
[url="http://www.libertyhaven.com/politicsandcurrentevents/healthcarewelfareorsocialsecurity/savingsick.shtml"]http://www.libertyhaven.com/politicsandc...avingsick.shtml[/url]
[url="http://community.nursingspectrum.com/MagazineArticles/article.cfm?AID=8998"]http://community.nursingspectrum.com/MagazineArticles/article.cfm?AID=8998[/url]
[url="http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0697375358.html"]http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/html/0697375358.html[/url]
(Scroll down to "Issue 12")
MommaBear
BTW, I found your response quite thought provoking. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Disclaimer: I do not guarantee the accuracy or content of the links in this post. I am not offering advice or recommendations in any manner or form.
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited March 25, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 4:45am
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No I would not let Little v take the vaccine.
As severe as she is (I can still remember the ER asking me if she was a burn victim as if
it was yesterday.) I will not take a chance.
I realy donot belive the school's will say take the vaccine or no school.
On the other note my son went to the doc today and low and behold he has chicken pox.
He had the vaccine 3 years ago.
Love this site
Synthia
[This message has been edited by synthia (edited March 25, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 5:11am
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synthia,
Thank you for your reply, [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] It is very much appreciated.
Just to clarify, my second hypothetical question was not so much a concern that entrance into school might be denied, as much if there might be a "loophole" of sorts created with regards to providing accomodations. Again, purely hypothetical and based on "what ifs". [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I may be "overthinking" [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
MommaBear

Posted on: Tue, 03/25/2003 - 8:21am
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Mommabear
Hypothetical speaking
Do you think there is a loophole for the school to deny accomodations for those who take the vaccine?
Love this site
Synthia
[This message has been edited by synthia (edited March 25, 2003).]

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