PA State immunization rules: Time to take their shots or you can't come to public school!!! There is an exemption!


Dear Readers, If the immunizations work, then the immunized should not fear those who are not immunized! If anything, this is proof that the immunizations don't work. We have a right to decide what we put into our bodies, including those of our children. This is proof that the government thinks it OWNS your body when it can dictate this kind of poor scientific reasoning. (See this post: FDA's New Claim: "Your Body Is a Drug-and We Have the Authority to Regulate It!")There is an exemption in PA that can be found here: http://www.nvic.org/Vaccine-Laws/state-vaccine-requirements/pennsylvania.aspx 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help you.' Blessings, Dona Witmer

Many Berks students not in compliance, running risk of being barred from classes

Erin Negley Reading Eagle http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=378606

Originally Published: 4/9/2012

More than 2,000 students in Berks County soon could be barred from school because they don't have all their shots.

Time is running out to get several newly mandated vaccines.

By the end of April, parents of all school-age children in Pennsylvania must provide school districts with proof of immunization from a physician.

Also, in seventh grade, students are required to get one dose each of the meningitis vaccine and the Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis).

Pennsylvania's new requirements bring the state in line with recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, part of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A student who doesn't have the necessary immunizations by the deadline will be unable to attend classes, said most Berks school districts.

"They will be excluded from school," said Robert Scoboria, assistant superintendent in the Boyertown School District.

Holli Senior, a state Department of Health spokeswoman, said the new rules are meant to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases.

"It is up to the school district to decide what action to take (if families don't comply)," she said.

While vaccines are available, some outbreaks have occurred in recent years. For example, an outbreak of whooping cough, or pertussis, occurred in March 2011 in northern Berks, impacting some children in the Hamburg School District.

"The ultimate goal is to lower these rates of the vaccine-preventable diseases," Senior said.

This is the first change in immunizations since 2001, so it could come as a surprise for some parents. School districts have spent a year spreading the word.

Many not in compliance

In October, a state vaccination report showed that about 15 percent of Pennsylvania kindergarten students and 24 percent of seventh-graders did not have the necessary vaccinations, Senior said.

Berks schools reported higher percentages: about 17 percent of kindergartners and 35 percent of seventh-graders still needed the shots.

Students in other grades also must get the inoculations if they haven't yet received them.

School districts in Berks have sent letters home, made automated and personal phone calls and even held vaccination clinics.

Kutztown schools sent at least three letters to parents and called families of students who haven't had the new vaccinations, Superintendent Nicholas Lazo Jr. said.

At the beginning of 2012, 60 students out of about 1,500 were still in need of vaccinations.

Now, all but one has made an appointment, he said.

An informal survey done recently by the Reading Eagle found more than 2,000 students in 11 Berks districts still haven't turned in the necessary paperwork.

Kutztown, like many districts, plans to keep children from school if they don't have the new vaccinations. That would be an unexcused absence, Lazo said.

"We really don't want to do that," he said.

City had big task

The Reading School District has about 600 students who still need the immunizations. That figure might sound high, but it's only about 3 percent of Reading's student body.

The district started the school year with 3,200 students who didn't have the necessary vaccinations, said Anne Fisher, supervisor of school health.

Reading schools coordinated with the department of health and now offer free vaccinations for students without insurance or on medical assistance.

Reading spread information through letters, calls and at kindergarten registration. At the high school, parents have been notified 10 times, Fisher said.

Several school officials said they expected that parents would take care of the extra shots during the recent spring break.

At some districts, such as Daniel Boone, there has been some confusion. Some students who had the shots didn't get the right documentation from doctors, said Dr. Gary L. Otto, superintendent.

Daniel Boone started sending letters to parents in the 2010-11 school year and has followed up with phone calls from nurses. Many parents have ignored the information.

"They don't even read it," Otto said.

More than 80 Boone students, mostly in secondary grades, still need to get the shots, he said recently.

Contact Erin Negley: 610-371-5047 or [email protected].

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