Minnesota School District Strengthens Vaccination Policy
The Rochester, MN school board is cracking down on vaccination policy, having recently voted to “remove” any unvaccinated students if they do not get immunized or obtain an exemption. Following this announcement, about half of the 204 affected students complied, according to the Post Bulletin.
In accordance with the district policy passed by the school board, the 103 non-complying students would be removed upon arrival to school on March 1. The students would be brought into offices, where administrators would work with the parents to find a solution, according to the Star Tribune.
“We’ll just keep working to make sure that either they visit Public Health or one of the clinics in town to fill out the proper forms,” Spokesperson Heather Nessler said in a statement to the Star Tribune.
According to an email statement released by officials within the district, they did not make this decision lightly.
“Preventing a student from enrolling in school is a serious issue. The district wanted to make sure it gave families ample opportunity to bring themselves into compliance before it prevented any students from attending school.”
Vaccinations have worked over the past 60 years to eliminate polio and are close to eradicating polio. According to immunization info from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization, or even be deadly – especially in infants and young children.”
Vaccination tracking software and other records are allowing physicians to track vaccination rates within local communities. By implementing vaccine tracking systems, physicians can aid in immunization accountability and clarify the picture of a community’s health.