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. 


ME February 20, 2013 at 01:16 PM
The State and the US should require people coming from other countries to be checked out and immunized so they stop bringing all these diseases to our country! End of story!!!!! What's wrong with this country? Stop it before it becomes an epidemic.
R Gibbons February 20, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Yes I do think it's warranted. When there is a proven increase in the diseases it is necessary for the general public's well being.
OakLawn1966 February 20, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I agree with the state on this. Immunity wanes after a few years, which leaves the door open for disease outbreaks. And if you've ever seen a child suffer with whooping cough (which almost none of us has, thanks to the effectiveness of vaccines), it's heartbreaking and frightening. Additionally, giving older kids a vaccination booster indirectly protects young children, who are more vulnerable.
Freedom February 20, 2013 at 02:38 PM
If this is such a great idea, then why aren't all parents lined up to get the shot for their children?
Dan Weigand February 20, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I don't think the state should mandate another vaccine especially when the risks of side effects are unknown. Think Autism.
Matt February 20, 2013 at 03:21 PM
There is no statistical evidence from the IDPH or the CDC showing that these vaccinations prevent contraction. This fact is stated in the vaccine insert which your DR must provide if requested. And if your worried about a non vaccinated child infecting your child ? Get your kid vaccinated, and dont tell me what to do with my child. Then you have nothing to worry about. Right ?
wren February 20, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I think they've mandated enough. If the vaccinations work so well, unvaccinated kids wouldn't be a threat. Mandating unproven medications is unfounded and, I'm sorry, but dangerous. Weren't we told before these shots were good for life? Now they're suddenly not? Now you need to re-do them every couple of years complete with all the lovely additives like mercury (yes, still in some vax!) and embryonic cells. Great. Experiment and prove its safe before I'll allow it for my kids. My kids are not going to be a part of the experiment. End of story.
OakLawn1966 February 20, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Because they don't see the danger of whooping cough, because there are so few cases out there, because vaccines prevented millions of cases over the years. But let some children start suffering and even dying from whooping cough, and the lines will form. It's human nature to respond to a crisis.
OakLawn1966 February 20, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Think baloney. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1960277,00.html
Matt February 20, 2013 at 05:09 PM
There are no studies or statistics by either the IDPH or the CDC that show vaccines prevent the spread of these illnesses. This is evident in the vaccine manufacturer insert which your DR must posses and produce upon request. If you are worried about a non-vaxed child affecting your child ? Get yours vaccinated. Dont tell me what to do with my child. Besides if your child is vaccinated ? you have nothing to worry about . Right ?
Matt February 20, 2013 at 05:16 PM
sorry, smart phone my A@##
Matt February 20, 2013 at 05:49 PM
@ Oak Lawn 1966 the writer of your article has been indicted and charged with falsifying his report and not disclosing he was paid by pharmaceutical companies to do the investigation.. http://www.politicolnews.com/new-2011-autism-studies-links-to-mmr-vaccines/
John M. February 20, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Government mandated vaccinations are a neccessity because ill informed individuals refuse to allow these diseases to become extinct. 100% compliance with vaccination programs is why polio and other horrific childhood illnesses are history in the US. Keep believing the wild rumors about vaccination and unnecessary childhood suffering will continue.
jmdeunger February 20, 2013 at 07:05 PM
As an ER nurse have seen the increase in cases. I get my vaccinations regularly and I don't have Autism yet. I get my children vaccinated and all 8 have not come down with Autism yet either. It should be left up to the parents. Most disease are treatable and the parents can take their chances.
Matt February 20, 2013 at 08:05 PM
@ John M received 5 innoculations as a child. Same with jmdeunger. and her annual employment mandated flu shot .Children today receive up to 41 vaccines with boosters by the age of 5. 1 in 83 have autism, 1 in 5 have some type of developmental delay, ADD, ADHD, or something else on the Autism spectrum. As for being ill informed ? Keep drinking the kool aid, cause the water isnt any better.
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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