Cash-strapped school districts are grappling with the potential loss of funding for students sent home for not having a state- mandated whooping cough vaccination or exemption on file...If someone started a rumor that those not vaccinated are Tea Party supporters, the money would not be forthcoming. Actually, though, I've previously read (but cannot currently find a citation) that the anti-vaccine crowd is mostly made up of well-to-do, reasonably educated, white families who use issues like this (and global warming?) to somehow show their elitist bona fides. Marin County, for example, is Northern California's ground zero for the anti-vaccination crowd, and we know they don't exactly have a lot of "ethnics" in Marin. So much for "settled science" :-)
Some districts are sending unvaccinated students home as the law states, and some are allowing them to attend classes even without the shots...
"The law is clear: Unvaccinated students are not supposed to be in school," said Tina Jung, spokeswoman for the California Department of Education.
But Jung said that doesn't mean that the state will penalize districts that allow students to attend classes without the vaccinations. "Our job is to educate children, not punish schools," Jung said.
The department is trying to decide whether to distribute money in those situations, Jung said.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Whooping Cough Vaccinations
I thought Rick Perry was wrong when he signed the law requiring girls to get HPV vaccinations--there's no risk of public transmission of HPV in school. Whooping cough, like tuberculosis and other communicable diseases, is entirely different, and I support the public health laws requiring vaccinations before entering school. With whooping cough making a comeback, a new California law this year required students to have whooping cough vaccinations before the start of the school year. It hasn't gone smoothly: