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.

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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

Do you think the state of Illinois is right to order parents to vaccinate their children? Do you think it's fair that those who refuse vaccinations not be allowed to attend school? Tell us in the comments. 


Cori February 20, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I think that a parent should be allowed to decide if their child gets vaccinated. I think the school should be allowed to decide if the unvaccinated child can attend.
Bruce Hanson February 21, 2013 at 02:30 AM
This is the worst idea ever. All of you people think shots are so great but they are now proving vaccinations to cause multiple brain issues like autism. The state does not get to decide what poison they inject you with. I have not received a shot in a very long time because i know the real truth behind vaccination. Dont just listen to your doctors, they get paid for you being sick.
Chris Sullivan February 21, 2013 at 02:45 AM
This is the same tetanus booster we all have received for decades. They just adjusted the time lines.
anon February 21, 2013 at 03:13 AM
They do. Before we could attend school there (this was in 2002-2003), my mother was required to show proof of immunization. There are also restrictions in place regarding vaccinations and prior destinations before one is allowed to enter the country or they are placed in quarantine.
Gary February 22, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Some students don't get any vacinations because of religious belief. It is all or nobody should be required to get them.


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