The Pa. Department of Health says time is running out for parents to comply with vaccination requirements.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Parents are running out of time to comply with new school immunization requirements, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. When the school year began, families were given eight months to bring students up to date with their vaccinations. On April 27, the department announced a two-week grace period. Final deadlines vary based on when each district began its school year. The health department estimates that the grace period will end in most districts within the next week. For example: New immunization regulations that took effect last August require: While the department established the new regulations, enforcement is left to individual school districts. School districts maintain the right to exclude students from school if …
Health professionals say the number of young people not being vaccinated is leading to a world-wide resurgence of diseases like measles.
Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting issues. This week’s Moms Talk topic relates to childhood immunizations: The World Health Organization (WHO) says that a global rise in measles cases is due to not enough children being vaccinated – particularly those between the ages of 10 and 19. According to the WHO, as the number of unvaccinated children increases over time, something known as “herd immunity” is compromised, allowing the disease to rapidly spread among susceptible groups. When herd immunity is lost, those who are too young to be vaccinated are at greatest risk. Reasons for skipping …