A new state law is modifying the requirements for vaccination starting next school year, requiring 7th-12th grade students to get immunized against whooping cough, also known as pertussis. The difficulty is that vaccinations only work when a majority of people have received the shots, according to medical experts. And unfortunately, the law carries the same exception that students with “parents who express a philosophical objection can seek an exemption from the vaccine requirement, according to KPSP. They go on to note:
Health leaders say teens, who have not been immunized, have been a factor in the spread of the disease, which has infected more than 5,000 and killed nine infants.
And the spread of the disease has been linked to statistics showing that percentages of unvaccinated students are higher in private and charter schools. The higher the unvaccinated percentage, the more risk that poses to students as a whole, and more importantly their families. Anti-vaccination advocates have argued that non-active ingredients in vaccines such as mercury can lead to developmental delays or autism. While many medical studies have cast doubt on the argument, there continue to be many adherents. That could lead to ongoing possibilities of diseases that were otherwise nearly eradicated, causing problems for families and especially newborns who can die from diseases because they’re too young to receive vaccinations.
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