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Schools to require new vaccine for pertussis

Original post made on Feb 7, 2011

Starting this fall, California public and private schools will require students in grades 7 through 12 to have a booster shot against pertussis, better known as whooping cough.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 7, 2011, 10:34 AM

Comments

Posted by Anna S., a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm

They must be using some new definition of the word "required": "strongly suggested," perhaps? All parents have to do to evade such "requirements" is to sign a statement that vaccinations are contrary to their philosophical beliefs, and bob's your uncle. As a result, some schools in the Bay Area have fewer than half the students vaccinated.


Posted by Susan, a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I think it should be thoroughly explained to parents, and provide translation for those who need it. As I get older, I think it should be a choice or a suggestion. My kids and I get the flu, sick.....shot or no shot.


Posted by Brianna, a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2011 at 10:22 am

Parents can sign this form to opt-out. Web Link


Posted by Anna S., a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

See what I mean? Not required.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Anna, if there were no opt-out, Christian Scientists could never send their kids to school. And if you allow an opt-out for one group, you have to allow an opt-out for others. If it were just those who truly opt out for religious reasons, it probably would be a very small problem. It's the others who are just afraid of the vaccines that are creating a whole new wave of un-vaccinated kids.