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State to Require New Vaccinations for 6th-12th Graders: What Do You Think?

Do you think the state of Illinois should require students to receive the Tdap whooping cough booster shot in order to remain in school?

The Illinois State Board of Health has approved new recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and The Illinois Department of Education to require all students in sixth grade through senior year of high school to have an additional vaccination.

The students will now need to show proof of receiving the Tdap booster shot. The vaccine immunizes against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

“We’ve seen an increase in pertussis, or whooping cough, in Illinois during the last six years. Medical experts have found whooping cough has been on the rise in pre-teens and teens, indicating a waning immunity from infant and childhood immunizations,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck in a press release.

Last year, Illinois required sixth and ninth grade students to receive the vaccine.

Students must either show proof of having received this vaccination, must have an appointment to get the vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file.

Students who do not meet one of these three conditions by Oct. 15, 2013, will not be allowed to attend school until they do.

For the sixth and ninth graders who already got the vaccine, they do not need to get another shot, but do need to show proof of being vaccinated previously.

Information provided by the Illinois State Board of Education

Do you think the state of Illinois should be telling us how to vaccinate our children? Do you think it’s fair that those who refuse vaccinations will not be allowed to attend school? Tell us in the comments section.  

R G February 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Oswego Res... Yes I did read it. What makes you think a vaccine will cure a simple infection? What you said makes no sense. of course, if my arm gets ripped off in a traumatic accident, of course i will see a doctor. I don't know what your argument is about. Again, personal hygiene in staves off many problems!
Oswego Resident February 20, 2013 at 12:50 AM
What I said was that some people in this thread are implying that you can forego all antibiotics and vaccinations and just get by with eating your home grown food and washing your hands. I myself don't fully agree with that, that's all. I believe it would be like it was 100 years ago, when the life expectancy was much lower. Let's agree to disagree.
Walt Hines February 20, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I also don't believe that just eating healthy is the cure all. We have polluted the air we breath and the water we drink with chemical after chemical. Just living in your homes have chemicals that we all breath in on a daily basis. Formaldehyde in cabinets, siding and insulation to VOC's in paint and stain. How about that refrigerator we all have in our homes or the piping that's delivering your water from the street. Just by collecting your mail each day you're exposed to chemicals on some level. We have become a nation of chemicals and toxins all in the name progress be that good or bad. Our coal industry should be forced to put the snuffers back on their stacks for the sake of our children,s lungs. Big business big money rules this world!
Ernie Knight February 21, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Vaccines have no good effect on the population????? How is it again that polio, smallpox, and others have almost disappeared? Stop reading propaganda. Cancer is not a virus.
Robert Vanderweit February 22, 2013 at 05:06 PM
The new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the vaccine offered 58 percent protection against the most common and dangerous H3N2 strain for children ages 6 months to 17 years old, 46 percent protection for adults ages 18 to 49, and 50 percent protection for adults 60 to 64 years of age. However, for seniors 65 and older, this year's flu shot was found to be only 9 percent effective against the more virulent H3N2 strain, the report showed. Overall, the flu vaccine was found to be 56 percent effective at reducing the need for medical visits caused by the illness. That's around the initial 62 percent effectiveness figure the CDC reported in January based on early test results collected from 1,155 children and adults who went to doctors with respiratory infections.

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