Vaccine letter has AISD parents upset about ‘shaming’ wording

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — One Austin ISD mother is upset about a vaccination letter sent home with her child.

Parents were asked to fill out a Flu Vaccine consent form and return it. However, the wording is what has caused an issue for some parents, including AISD mother Katy O’Brien.

“‘Opting In, said, yes, I want to help prevent my family from flu, by helping my child receive a flu vaccine- exclamation. No was ‘No, I do not wish to protect my child and community by helping my child participate,” said O’Brein. “I think that is over the top shaming, and bullying and completely unacceptable.”

O’Brien said she has no problem with vaccinations for anyone who wants one. She just objected the wording.

We reached out to the district and they told us they were aware of the issue with the wording. The district planned to tell principals to remind parents and students that the vaccination program is “optional.”

This initiative is part of a collaboration with E3 Alliance and Healthy schools. KXAN is working with E3 to provide parents resources to improve student progress and achievement across Central Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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