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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 received the vaccine, they do not need to get another shot, but do need to show proof of previous vaccination.

Information provided by the Illinois State Board of Education

—Original reporting by Morgan Delack, Barrington Patch

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. 

Chauncy February 23, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Warning to all Patch readers: Do not base your medical decisions on what contributers claim in the Comments Section. Here are the numbers broken down by age group: When broken into age groups, the vaccine's overall effectiveness against H3N2 flu was: •6 months to 17 years, 58%. •18 to 49 years, 46%. •50 to 64 years, 50%. •65 and older, 9% Even with that paltry level for those 65 and over, most physicians would still stay get the vaccine.
Jeanette Klein February 24, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I think it is a violation of my civil rights and those of all parents that feel that this vaccine causes more harm than it solves. Enough already!
Dan Polk February 28, 2013 at 05:45 PM
As a local pediatrician I would ask all concerned to have an honest, open discussion with your child's healthcare provider about vaccinations. Everything on the INternet has to be true....?
kris March 20, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Unrelated to the topic of vaccines... Does anyone know of any homeschool groups in the Orland park area!?New to homeschooling please help thanks!!
Sherry C. March 23, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Please educate yourself and your question will be answered.

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