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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 sixth through twelfth grade students 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.  

Si February 16, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I think it is fair...as long as the Gov't pays for it. Many people are uninsured and cannot afford another medical bill.
Dr. Robert S Steinberg February 16, 2013 at 02:29 PM
If a parent can't afford the cost of the vaccination, they surely can't afford a week long hospitalization, if their child gets Whooping Cough (Pertussis).. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that 11 & 12 year old children get the vaccination. There are 300,000 deaths per year. world wide. More then half of 1 year olds who get Whooping Cough, are hospitalized. http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/fast-facts.html
Tbone February 16, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Who is the government or anybody think that they have a right to say what I inject into my body...I feel bad for the few who will have seizures or contract whatever due to this shot. It's my body, plain and simple. This is outrageous, I would not have my kids get this.
HoneeBee February 16, 2013 at 05:12 PM
If my pediatrician doesn't feel it necessary then why should parents be forced to inject their children with it?!
cynthia February 16, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Get used to Obama care..The Government now controls your life.. Here in Illinois they can't blance a budget but they can come up with this stuff. Thats Democrates for you..
C P February 18, 2013 at 07:52 PM
If your pediatrician doesn't think it is necessary, find a new pediatrician!
G March 18, 2013 at 04:45 PM
First, no person or government should be able to mandate that ANYTHING gets injected into a person's body, PERIOD. Secondly, they should do away with these ridiculous vaccine cocktails and split out the damn shots. Never mind that DTAP/TDAP is contraindicated in some cases - what about that?? One of my kids had bad reactions to the DTAP and I had to stop with the vaccination series. Because it's a cocktail, I have no idea which component causes problems. I vaccinate one-shot at a time so that I know EXACTLY what goes in and EXACTLY what causes a reaction, if any. I think this is the more responsible way to vaccinate.

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