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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 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.  

Lisa P February 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I think our vaccination schedule is absolutely insane, and now we are adding even more? Some are necessary, granted, but many are not. Let's follow the lead of other countries such as Finland and Sweden who have more sensible immunization programs. With so many vaccinations, how then do kids develop natual immunity? I see a real conflict of interest in that doctors/pharma are encouraging multiple vaccinations. More vaccinations = more office visits = more money. Is there a conflict of interest or is just me?
ABT1820 February 20, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Lisa i take it you have not had the recent outbreak of whooping cough affect you... You may change your tune

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