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California High Schools Debate Vaccinating Employees for Measles

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Furious debate has circled around the issue of parents vaccinating children since an outbreak began at Disneyland in mid-December last year. Whether or not teachers and school staff should be required to be vaccinated (again, in most cases), however, is a different story. Even records for those that are vaccinated have been found to be far out of date in some cases.

 

 

In a January letter, Santa Monica High School principal Eva Mayoral confirmed that a baseball coach had contracted measles, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported. All student members of the team had been immunized, according to the same letter. Immunization records for school teachers and staff were decades old in some instances, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Since the start of the Disneyland outbreak, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has reported at least 135 cases, 16 of which were spread across at least six other states and Mexico. Canada has also reported 10 cases that officials have linked to “a park in California,” according to a Public Health Department (PHD) of the Agency for Health and Social Services of Lanaudière release.

Some members of the community still have reservations regarding the side effects of vaccinations, although medical studies refute the connections asserted between vaccinations and autism.

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