Getting children vaccinated is crucial

Decreasing numbers of children receiving important vaccinations before entering public school have become such a problem the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to get a handle on the numbers. That is proving difficult, as there is no real mechanism for tracking vaccinations and only 27 states submitted requested information.

Ohio was among those states, and of those 27, it has the second-highest number of kindergarten students enrolled with incomplete vaccinations — but without invoking medical, religious or philosophical exemptions — 5.3 percent. Yes, there ARE necessary medical and religious exemptions for vaccines, and until recently herd immunity was strong enough to make up for those cases. But now a generation of deluded and/or lazy parents and guardians is endangering the entire population with its failure to get children the life-saving vaccines they — and the rest of us — need.

Some of those children being sent to school by their parents without the protection they need are the victims of adults more willing to buy into patently false — but trendy –conspiracy theories than to do something that could keep their kids healthy.

But for 5.3 percent of kindergartners in the Buckeye State “it really could just be, ‘I didn’t have time to go to the doctor,’ or ‘I just don’t want to do this,'” said Melissa Arnold, CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Ohio chapter.

That is shameful.

Schools are in a bind, as they want to make sure all kids are getting an education.

“We don’t want to exclude them,” said Kate King, board member at the Ohio Association of School Nursing. “So that’s our dilemma.”

It would be a dilemma easily eliminated by parents’ return to common sense AND a sense of responsibility to the wellbeing of their children.

Summer will disappear quickly. A new school year will be upon us before we know it. Ohioans must shake off whatever stupor has created this danger for our children and make appointments NOW to get incoming public school students the vaccinations they need.


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