Parents send their children to camp and assume that they will enjoy themselves, have positive social interactions, and be safe and healthy. Safety and public health are priorities for Camp Fire Wilani. Each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics publishes a “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.” Pediatricians across North America consider this the standard of care. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has established vaccine standards for both children and adults. The vaccination of all members of a community creates conditions that protect everyone in it, but especially young children, babies, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who cannot be immunized from harmful and life-threatening diseases.
While parents may choose to defer the vaccination of their children, for Camp Fire Wilani this is not an issue of individual rights and choice, but an issue of public health and policy. The routine vaccination of all campers and staff is an important public health matter especially in the confined environment of a residential summer camp with round-the-clock communal living where illnesses spread much more easily.
Due to the focus of Camp Fire Wilani to maintain health and protecting the camp community as a whole, the Board of Directors has made the decision that, beginning for the Summer 2020 season, all campers and staff attending camp be immunized as outlined below. We will consider exemptions on a case-by-case basis with medical documentation.
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