Some parents are opting out of required school immunizations for their kids.
Idaho requires students in kindergarten through seventh grade to receive several immunizations before attending school including vadcines, such as, tetanus, pertussis, and polio.
The state also allows parents to exempt their kids from the vaccines for health, religion, or personal reasons. The times-news reports that for this school year, close to 370 children in south-central idaho were exempted from vaccinations, but there is a different feeling about vaccines in southeast idaho.
Hawthorne middle school reports that out of 823 students only 6 chose not to receive them. Janice hallinan, registrar at hawthorne, said that she believes that the majority of district 25 families support vaccinations. She also encouraged families with children in sixth grade to think about being prepared for those new seventh grade vaccines.
“Their grades are very much based on their attendance. If you’re not there you’re not learning and you’ll have to make all of that up. So it is just so important to get your flu shot, stay healthy, wash your hands, and come to school every day. Then you stay above ground instead of being sick at home and kind of losing some ground,” said Hallinan.
Another important reason for getting vaccinated according to south central public health district nurse, Lisa Klamn, is that it lowers the chance of catching a potentially fatal disease.