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States Take Steps to Tighten Student Vaccination Loopholes

States Buckle Down on Tightening Vaccination Loopholes

State schools are buckling down on allowing parents to opt children out of vaccines required for school admittance. Immunization-related groups in CO, OR, WA, CA and VT have worked to close the "convenience loophole" in vaccination laws by implementing policies to keep their communities safe. 

Vaccines have been required in the school admission process for decades, reported Education Week, but there are still parents who find ways to keep their children from getting these vaccinations. 

"While some parents act out of a sense of personal conviction, others do so simply because they don't have time to schedule an appointment," said Stephanie L. Wasserman, executive director of the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition. "We want to close that convenience loophole. When you choose not to immunize, there are consequences not only to your child and your family; there are consequences to your community as well."

Read the full story here. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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