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Old 12.08.2011, 11:21
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Are children ever treated medically, specifically given vaccinations or shots, without parental consent/notification at school?
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Old 12.08.2011, 11:34
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Re: Medical treatment at school

Treated medically, yes (chewable aspirin etc. Also rectal suppositories for the littlies, which has been the topic of some discussion.)

Secret vaccinations, nope, not as far as I am aware. Several people have mentioned, for example in these threads, that they received a list of proposed vaccinations and were asked to indicate which ones they did/didn't want their kid to get.

Why, has yours come home with a suspicious bandaid?
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Old 12.08.2011, 11:46
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LOL, no, and I totally wouldn't be concerned except I don't speak great french and don't want to unwittingly agree to something this year because I didn't understand...so as long as their is paperwork we should be good.

Suppositories? Really? off to read that thread.

Ah, mine are 5 and 7, so I don't think I need to worry about that. LOL.
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Well, the French for "vaccination" is - drumroll please - la vaccination... so I reckon you'll be all right.
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LOL, no, and I totally wouldn't be concerned except I don't speak great french and don't want to unwittingly agree to something this year because I didn't understand...so as long as their is paperwork we should be good.

Suppositories? Really? off to read that thread.

Ah, mine are 5 and 7, so I don't think I need to worry about that. LOL.
They always send a paper home before medical visits (which don't take place every year) asking if you authorise treatment or not . As far as vaccines are concerned here in Neuchâtel they never administer them at school but supply you with a list of what is required for you to take to your own doctor.
The school dentist on the other hand will do dental work if you want them to but will call you beforehand with a quote for the cost.
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Are children ever treated medically, specifically given vaccinations or shots, without parental consent/notification at school?
I can't think of anywhere in the developed world where this might possibly be permitted. Can you imagine the outcry?

Apart from emergency first aid, where required, the only medication given in schools is possibly a painkiller (paracetamol) or medication that the parents have asked the teacher to oversee / administer on their behalf (asthma or diabetes medication, for example).

Our school expects to have us arrange my son's vaccinations and any medical treatments and I expect them to, well, just teach really.
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Anytime the state is in charge, I like to ask questions. I wouldn't put it past some schools in the US, so I like to ask.
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Since we changed creche into parasholaire and enrolled in local school, there was a paper from the Commune we had to read about obligatory vax. I am not anti vax so I was pretty happy with this. We had to provide a form signed by our ped that our child is on top of her vax schedule.

If you are nervous, see the teacher your kids will have and arrange with her that should you have questions about anything, if she/he would be willing to see you. On medical issues, the center primaire that signed your kids in, also most probably included a letter from the nurse that is designated nurse for medical issues in all primaires in your area.

That's how it works in our Commune, might be different where you are, but probably not so much since you are in the same canton. If you look at this list, you will see a person called infirmiere, a nurse. Just type in your commune + infirmiere scolaire + primaire. Chances are she speaks English, often medical staff do.

I'd strongly recommend, though, signing in an intensive French course, if anything it will make you feel more at ease dropping your kids into the public system.
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Re: Medical treatment at school

I didn't sign anything to enroll them in school...perhaps more forms are coming once they actually begin?

I have been taking private lessons...but just once a week as 4 kids at home and one of those a newborn, it is really hard to take lessons..and I will have the two younger ones during the day so even with the older ones in school, going out to take lessons will be challenging...it would be nice, but not really practical I am thinking. Suggetions?
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I didn't sign anything to enroll them in school...perhaps more forms are coming once they actually begin?
Oh yes. Prepare yourself for lots of forms during the first week of term. There is usually a medical questionnaire and a request for the vaccination records among them. (especially if it's their first time at the school)
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