The West Ada School District, which is running a flu vaccination pilot program, allegedly vaccinated the third grader by mistake according to school administrators.
The child’s mother, Letisha Huff, says the misstep could have been detrimental to her young son’s health.
“At first I was very, very upset,” Huff told KTVB.
Although the district requires parents to sign a consent form beforehand, school administrators claim that Huff’s son was confused with an absent student with the same first name.
“These are our children, these are not Guinea pigs,” Huff said. “This isn’t something we should be practicing. They should know what they’re doing.”
According to the nurse who administered the vaccine, Huff’s son allegedly obtained and presented her with the other student’s permission slip – although information on how the boy obtained the slip was not provided.
“I see there is two Zacharys in that class, and that certainly doesn’t excuse it, but now I understand how he ended up with a consent in hand,” the nurse said. “The other Zachary was absent that day.”