NEARLY 1,000 STUDENTS in Seattle public schools were expected to be turned faraway from school Wednesday because they weren’t vaccinated against measles.
The school district sent a notice to families on Dec. 30 alerting them that students who didn’t have current vaccinations when winter break ended on Jan. 8 wouldn’t be allowed to attend school.
About 7,000 students didn’t have proper vaccinations, but after officials sent notices and held free vaccination clinics, that number dropped to but 2,300. Seattle Public Schools reported that about 950 students as of Tuesday had still not met the vaccination requirements and wouldn’t be allowed to attend classes.
Students who can provide proof of an upcoming appointment to receive a vaccination are going to be allowed into school Wednesday, and extra free vaccination clinics are being held next week.
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A bill passed within the state of Washington last year eliminated the private and philosophical exemption from the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine for college and childcare attendance. additionally to providing immunization records, students also can show a lab report stating that they’re resistant to the disease and don’t need the vaccine.
They can also show a signed certification of exemption that claims a medical or religious reason for foregoing the shot.
“We got to have updated immunization records for all of our students in order that we will respond during a timely way if we’ve a health emergency, like pertussis or measles,” Sami Haog, the manager of student health services, said during a statement.
Washington’s health department reported 87 cases of measles last year, the foremost since 1990. Across the country, 1,282 measles cases were reported in 31 states as of Dec. 31, the best number of cases since 1992, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.