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KCK schools crack down on immunization rules

August 29, 2010

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— The Kansas City, Kan., School District is cracking down and strictly enforcing a state law that requires children to be immunized in order to attend classes.

Officials estimate that 2,000 of 19,000 students weren’t compliant on mandatory vaccines.

The Kansas City Star reports that the district sent letters home to parents before school started explaining the state law that forbids children from attending school unless they vaccinated.

In the past the district had allowed students a several-week grace period to get their required shots.

Administrators acknowledged that immunization policies were not uniformly enforced in the past. But this year the district held to its decision and students were sent home as deficiencies were discovered.

Comments

Keith 4 years, 4 months ago

"the state law that forbids children from attending school unless they vaccinated."

Interesting grammar.

PennyBrite 4 years, 4 months ago

there is a legal form they must fill out.

MasterShake 4 years, 4 months ago

Why is the KCK school district Pro-Autism?

short_one 4 years, 4 months ago

The studies linking autism and immunizations have been discredited. In fact, I think one of the major doctors involved in the study has been disciplined by a medical governing body for his part in the misinformation. There are findings that autism can be linked to the mother's age at time of childbirth--the older the mother, the more likely to have an autistic child. I would guess that older mothers are more likely to immunize their children, thus the "link" between immunizations and autism. There are children who are unable to be immunized because of real medical problems and those children shouldn't be put at risk because someone else chooses not to immunize their children. If you don't want to comply with the laws, then you can forego the public school benefit. No one is MAKING anyone immunize their children.

Hoots 4 years, 4 months ago

This is long overdue. If you look at national trends many diseases are on the rise due to poor immunization of children. We are seeing a rise in this country of diseases we thought we had eradicated years ago. All of the disinformation about immunization and links to autism and others maladies that have spread over the internet have sabotaged the herd immunity that our children once enjoyed. Diseases that were once the bane of only the third world are now becoming more common and embedded here due to this trend.

ralphralph 4 years, 4 months ago

Take a drive down Central Ave in KCK (tip: go during daylight) and you will see why there is reason to be concerned about immunizations. Another local burden arising from the failure of the Feds to enforce immigration laws.

Bunny_Hotcakes 4 years, 4 months ago

I'd like to thank the antivac religious wingnuts I went to elementary school with (along with their army of children) for dragging pertussis to school when I was in the 5th grade. Whooping cough and being on nasty chewable antibiotic for three weeks was super fun!

Good on the KCK school district. Down with Jenny McCarthyism.

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