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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.

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

—Original reporting by Morgan Delack, Barrington Patch

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. 

Michael M. February 20, 2013 at 07:02 PM
The state has no right to force you to have a medical procedure against your will. When we do procedures on patients we need a consent. If they tell us to stop, even after we have started, we have to stop or we can be charged with assault.
TheSkipperToo February 20, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Move to another country if you want to be told what to do..... with YOUR life, the rest of your life.
Bernie February 20, 2013 at 07:35 PM
The government is getting out of control. With the supposed flu vaccine, so many kids are sick in my kids school who HAD the vaccination. The government can tell ou anything they want. I personally HATE signing a form which the drs. Are not to be blamed for any effects..including death. Also, how many have been educated enough to research what is in the vials? Men are more sterile now....do you all Really TRUST the government.
Nadia Swearingen-Friesen February 20, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Please be careful with the wording of articles such as these. The government can recommend but they cannot REQUIRE that we give our children any shot. This is complex issue and being truthful in reporting is important. Parents still have the right to make a choice in how to keep their children healthy without fearing being thrown from school.
DrDean February 20, 2013 at 07:51 PM
What would you then say if the breakdown was leaning more toward recently vaccinated? would you say they need to stop completely?
Joyce Wright February 20, 2013 at 11:30 PM
I strongly feel that we have become way too reliant upon meds, vaccines and magic pills... And evidently, they're not working like they claim because the statistics don't lie: 1 in 8 women will now get breast cancer, 1 in 55 boys will develop a ASD (autisum spectrum disorder), 1 in 5 Americans are considered obese, boardering on morbid obesity, and childhood diabetes & obesity is at EPIDEMIC levels. And the alarming stats go on ..... So, if you really think more meds, more vaccines, more magic pills are going to change this downward spiral of our health in America, please take some time and educate yourself more on what's really going on .... My family practices good nutrition and always reach for natural rememdies first. I respect conventional medicine, but I also know it was meant to be used for "crisis care." Listen, I know my echinancea can't fix a broken arm, but it sure does boost my kid's immune system and stop that seasonal cough before it starts creeping in. No steroid, no toxic med needed for this cough .... So, do I need government to tell me that I need another vaccine to keep my child healthy? Why? to join the ranks of the cancer, autism and diabetes statistics above? We're being hoodwinked people and terribly misled by brillant fear-marketing. All I ask is that you start investigating, researching and keeping an open mind to what you'll find once you start .. Good luck all.
Patricia Lowczyk February 21, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Remember the Chicken Pox vaccine? They forced us into that one, and then discovered it didn’t work. What was their solution? A mandatory booster shot. This Dtap vaccine they want to force us to inject into our kids contains formaldehyde (can cause cancer), aluminum hydroxide & aluminum phosphate (both associated w/causing Alzheimers), polysorbate 80 (can cause anaphylactic shock), and thimerosal (mercury). Mercury is a neurotoxin, and dangerous to even inhale, let alone inject into the bloodstream! Go to informedchoice.info/cocktail.html and see what’s in the other vaccines. Also, many vaccines, like MMR, are grown on aborted fetal tissue. Go to cogforlife.org for more information on that issue. These drug companies are raking it in by poisoning our children, and I bet our state politicians are getting a nice kickback. They don’t care about keeping us safe from diseases. They only care about money.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Brilliant comeback Agrippina
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:22 AM
From some random article: • Less than 1% of U.S. children have not had any vaccinations at all, but 30% have skipped at least some of their recommended shots. • An unvaccinated child is 35 x more likely to get the measles. • There was a 78% decline in measles mortality worldwide after the WHO stepped up vaccinations in 2008. • There is a 1:1,000,000 chance of developing encephalopathy from the vaccine, but a 1:1000 chance from the measles virus. • The annual average from 2001-08 was 60/year, but there were 154 cases of measles in 2011. • There were 57,879 cases of polio in 1952, but 1,312 in 1961, six years after the vaccine came out, and 0 cases of polio in the U.S. in 2002 • The AAP (American Academy of Pediatricians) is turning away non-vaccinating families now. 25% of pediatricians are turning them away. There are risks in the waiting room, amongst other factors. The herd effect disappears if less than 90% are vaccinated.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:31 AM
I don't know everything about everything, but I am absolutely blown away by ignorant people. Vaccines such as that for smallpox have been very instrumental in keeping people alive. I shake my head in disbelief when I read that polio is endemic in only three countries: Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. The fact that the disease still thrives there is for similar reasons as are found in many of your posts. People distrust the "government" or those crazy scientists spouting all their fancy science. Vaccines are one way to obtain immunity (active immunity) whereby your body produces antibodies, generates additional memory B-cells, T-cells, etc. The body readies itself for future breaches by some pathogen.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:35 AM
I forget that not everyone has a scientific background - but you should research a bit about cowpox, Jenner, Salk, Pasteur. It is incredibly selfish for you to forego vaccinations. Your child may not get the measles, or mumps, or rubella - but that is in no small part because you are surrounded by responsible persons. You're welcome. If everyone operated from a selfish point of view, we would be in much worse shape from an infectious disease standpoint.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:39 AM
As far as getting sick from flu shots - not likely, but one of my hypotheses is that people congregate for flu shots in places where sick people go: Walgreens, doctors' offices, sometimes at local schools for group flu shots. All of those places are great places to pick up viruses. If you want to stay well, stay away from sick people. Also - just because you're sick does not mean you have the flu (influenza). There are other viruses out there that will give similar symptoms. And stomach flu is not the flu - it is usually a norovirus, of the cruise ship variety.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:45 AM
And for you conspiracy/tea party/homeschoolers - vaccinations at a regular check-up for your kids or yourselves will probably save you money (and therefore cost the healthcare industry) because preventative medicine will likely keep you out of their office later in the season for a more serious battery of tests. Getting the flu, and going to your doctor's office for a bag of lactated ringers solution to rehydrate you is much more costly than giving you a $20 shot. I understand the 'land of the free, home of the brave' argument - but the fact of the matter is that you all (and I) have already accepted the government's gift of healthcare for everyone. And with that gift, they get to make rules. I know it's more fun to get stuff given to you AND decide who you want to listen to about health decisions - but it does not always work like that.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:48 AM
The biggest encroachments of government were: employer-based healthcare circa WWII (the biggest tax expenditure in the country), Medicare, Medicaid (LBJ), EMTALA (Reagan), MDC pt D (Bush II), and now Obamacare. EMTALA is possibly the worst of them all because it guarantees everyone free treatment - whether you are an illegal alien or not. If you plan on going on medicare at some point, thank the government - but when it asks you to do something, you better do it.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I don't know what Ruby Jewel was reading, or thought she was reading, but here is part of a Reuters article dealing with whooping cough: (Reuters Health) - During a recent whooping cough outbreak in California, kids who hadn't been vaccinated against the disease were nine times more likely to get it than those who had received the entire five-shot series, researchers found. But even among children who were fully vaccinated, the longer it had been since their final dose of the so-called DTaP vaccine, the higher their risk of coming down with whooping cough, also known as pertussis. The lead researcher on the study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the effectiveness of many childhood vaccines is known to decrease over the years after vaccination. Because of such waning immunity, a DTaP booster was recently added to the vaccine schedule for 11- to 12-year-olds, on top of the five doses traditionally given between age 2 months and 6 years. The combination vaccine also protects against diphtheria and tetanus. "Pertussis vaccines are still our best tool to prevent pertussis," said Lara Misegades, from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC.
Bob Laird February 21, 2013 at 02:00 AM
Lots of good ideas and opinions here. Right? Wrong? Yes. If uncle sam says your kid has to get a shot to go to school, and you want them to go to school, get the shot. If you're against the shot, then home school them. Pretty simple.
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 02:47 AM
The State of Illinois requires vaccinations to protect children from a variety of diseases before they can enter school. Required up-to-date immunizations for a child entering any grade include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles, rubella and mumps. Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) is required only for children entering preschool programming. Hepatitis B is also required for children entering preschool programming, but is not required for children in kindergarten through fourth grades. Hepatitis B is, however, required for students entering fifth grade and above. Varicella (chicken pox) is required for students entering preschool programming through 10th grade. For additional information about immunizations in Illinois, visit:  IDPH’s Illinois Immunization Program: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm  Administrative Rules for Basic Immunizations: http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/077/077006650B02400R.html
Chauncy February 21, 2013 at 02:56 AM
According to the CDC website, for 2012 WI has approx 8x the national average, MN about 7x, and IA about 5x the national ave for whooping cough. All those states are nearby - not a bad idea to be proactive. Young infants die from this disease - and more strains of bacteria are antibiotic resistant all the time. We are in big trouble when antibiotics stop working (see MRSA, drug-resistant TB, etc.) Wisconsin 104.9 Illinois 14.5 Minnesota 82.9* New Mexico 35.7 Idaho 14.3 Washington 67.4 Colorado 28.9 Missouri 14.2 North Dakota 54.4 Kansas 25.5 Arizona 13.4 Iowa 53.5 Oregon 23.3 - - Maine 52.9 New Hampshire 16.4 - - Utah 47.5 New York 15.8 - -
Patricia Lowczyk February 22, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Just FYI: the flu shot that they push everyone to get - especially senior citizens - isn't working. In the Sun Times, the article says it's only 9% effective against the flu. But, the CDC still says everyone should get it. Why? Because it's a huge money-maker. Every year, there's a big scare campaign about how virulent the flu will be, and then it turns out they guessed the wrong flu strain, or it just doesn't work, like this year. I'll take my chances on getting the flu. A 9% success rate isn't good enough.
Joyce Wright February 22, 2013 at 03:18 PM
well said. Ronald Regan said it well: "As gonernment expands, liberty contracts." be well and stay strong :)
Joyce Wright February 22, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Karen, just a thought. If your child is vaccinated to the umpth degree, why be afraid of catching something from a non-vaccinated child?
Joyce Wright February 22, 2013 at 03:26 PM
here here. I liken it to the "frog in the pot comparison." We're frogs in the pot where the heat is slowly being turned up ... we don't even know we're being boilded to death because it's happening so gradually. But, on the good side, more and more of us are starting to see the light :) Peace and keep on!
Carol February 22, 2013 at 09:14 PM
I get sick from the flu shot every year, it is not a myth, it depends on the person. You are probably wondering why I would get it than, because my cousin died of the flu and I am scared if I dont get the shot, that could happen to me. I really dont want to make my kids get any more vaccinations. I have always been uncomfortable when I had to take them, but they had to go to school. If you ask me kids today are getting more sickness and disease because of these shots. Their bodies are not learning how to naturally fight and keep sickness and disease away.
Marcymeow February 22, 2013 at 11:43 PM
NO, NO...NO. !!! That's my answer to "should 6th to 12th graders be Re-vaccinated" NO...IT SHOULD NOT BE A LAW! There are too many unknowns about vaccines right now. I am not worried about myself...my fear is what these many many, too many vaccines are doing to our children. There are so many multiples of vaccines given compared to when I was young...and yet I discovered I was given a polio vaccine right here in Palos Heights, that likely had the cancer virus SV-40. I believe it was accidental that the virus got in the vaccine, nonetheless, these I viruses tend to cause cancer 30-40 years later. Just leave the children alone until we have all the facts.
Chauncy February 23, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Marcymeow - you're almost certainly wrong about the SV40 in today's vaccines. Unless some doctor up there in Palos Heights thinks polio vaccines are like red wine, and get better with age, so he decided to buy a 1955 vintage vaccine. Stop scaring people. More than 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine from 1955 to 1963 when a proportion of vaccine was contaminated with SV40; it has been estimated that 10–30 million Americans could have received an SV40 contaminated dose of vaccine. SV40 virus has been found in certain types of cancer in humans, but it has not been determined that SV40 causes these cancers. The majority of scientific evidence suggests that SV40-contaminated vaccine did not cause cancer; however, some research results are conflicting and more studies are needed. Polio vaccines being used today do not contain SV40. All of the current evidence indicates that polio vaccines have been free of SV40 since 1963.
Chauncy February 23, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Warning to all Patch readers: Do not base your medical decisions on what contributers claim in the Comments Section. Here are the numbers broken down by age group: When broken into age groups, the vaccine's overall effectiveness against H3N2 flu was: •6 months to 17 years, 58%. •18 to 49 years, 46%. •50 to 64 years, 50%. •65 and older, 9% Even with that paltry level for those 65 and over, most physicians would still stay get the vaccine.
Jeanette Klein February 24, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I think it is a violation of my civil rights and those of all parents that feel that this vaccine causes more harm than it solves. Enough already!
Dan Polk February 28, 2013 at 05:45 PM
As a local pediatrician I would ask all concerned to have an honest, open discussion with your child's healthcare provider about vaccinations. Everything on the INternet has to be true....?
kris March 20, 2013 at 07:19 AM
Unrelated to the topic of vaccines... Does anyone know of any homeschool groups in the Orland park area!?New to homeschooling please help thanks!!
Sherry C. March 23, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Please educate yourself and your question will be answered.

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