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 sixth through twelfth grade students 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.

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 section.

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 got the vaccine, they do not need to get another shot, but do need to show proof of being vaccinated previously.

Information provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Procrustes' Foil February 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM
The issue is cumulative immunity. If I'm immunized, the people with whom I come in contact also get a level of immunity, while they await their immunizations. Immunity wears off, thus requiring boosters. If people refuse to be immunized, others become vulnerable to an illness during periods of eroding immunity. Sounds confusing? This problem has been researched alot. I first read about it several years ago in Scientific American and a few other scientific periodicals.
Jane Ballengee February 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM
absolutely; they should be required.
Gregory Primosch February 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Yes of course vaccination should be required. Communicable diseases are not a matter for personal choice. Herd immunity, google it.
Gregory Primosch February 16, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Also, you put at risk those children who are actually CAN'T to get vaccinated for medical reasons: "it is considered best left for those who cannot safely receive vaccines because of a medical condition such as an immune disorder, organ transplant recipients, or people with Egg Allergies." What kind of person sacrifices the life of another's child due to to satisfy their own parent-panic? The anti-vaccine crowd certainly won't stop driving their cars which actually DOES harm thousands of children passengers every year.
LisaJoinPatch February 16, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Ok so this article makes an argument that we need to vaccinate more for Pertussis vaccination. This is a combo vax which also covers Diptheria and Tetnus (I think, though I'm not sure). If our children do not need the others that are injected along with them, why subject them to all this? If vaccinating for Pertussis is so important, there should be a single Pertussis vaccine. In this for-profit medical economy, it is not cost effective for them to develop a Pertussis vaccine. To heck with the fact that our children need only a Pertussis booster.
LisaJoinPatch February 16, 2013 at 09:34 PM
As a mother of a child who has had a documented reaction to the DTaP, I resent your statement that those of us who think carefully before injecting all this stuff in our children is "parent-panic"
Patty Beeftink February 17, 2013 at 06:24 AM
I used to run raging fevers and have convulsions as a baby, my pediatrician wouldn't vaccinate me with the DTaP one. Ten years ago I got a Tetanus shot and my arm burned and the muscles hurt for about a week after. I will never force anyone to do something like that.
Sharon February 17, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Polio has been virtually eliminated as a threat to children's lives and health, primarily because of required immunization. This is just one example of the value of immunization and herd immunity.
Gregory Primosch February 17, 2013 at 04:33 PM
And I resent the idea that a parent would put at risk the lives of immune-compromised children just to save the their own children discomfort. Vaccines do have reactions, but they also save lives. Look at the odds. DTaP has a 1:14,000 chance of a moderate (non-life threatening reaction), which is better than car accidents, which have a one-year odds of actual death of 1:6,500. The odds of a vaccine actually causing any permanent harm to a child are astronomical. If it was just one's own kids, I would be shake my head at the lack of scientific literacy and move on. But since this is referring to public schools, and the lives of the others is at stake, I feel compelled to speak up.
Heritage February 17, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Our legislators seem to think that the government can do everything except give birth. At what point should we stop them?
LisaJoinPatch February 17, 2013 at 08:07 PM
The idea that Polio has been "virtually eliminated" because of the vaccine is known to be false by anyone who has read the actual history of the CDC reports on the vaccine. It is an idea (though false) that the vaccine manufacturers are proud of disseminating. The fact is, Polio was on its way out on its own by the time the vaccine hit the general public. Even Salk admitted (and CDC determined) that the Polio vaccine eventually became the sole cause of Polio in our country by 1967. The internet is rife with pros and cons on vaccinations, but this article is a great resource (and has proper citations) for the history of the Polio vaccine: http://thinktwice.com/Polio.pdf FYI, many of these live vaccines (Chickenpox and some flu vaccines, for example) actually expose all of us to the disease because when you are vaccinated and go out in public it can be contagious. Keep that in mind.
Randy Orr February 18, 2013 at 02:34 PM
yes, it should be required to keep ALL the children attending from being exposed.
kevin February 19, 2013 at 07:31 PM
its because WE THE PEOPLE continue to put morons in office. WE THE PEOPLE need to realize the power that we have and say screw you, we dont want this and if put into effect, we will vote you and everyone who agrees with you out of office. But of course this wont be happen, look at the moronic electorate in the 2nd congressional who voted Jackson Jr back in though he didnt do anything because he was so worried about being indicted, oops i mean bi-polar.


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