Washington State requiring chicken pox vax for ALL public/private high schools
(Editor’s Note: Thank you so much to one of my “Health Nuts” for bringing this to our attention.)
The Washington State Department of Health has announced that beginning in the fall of 2016, all students- in public and private high schools- will be required to have two doses of the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine before they can begin the school year. Health officials are suggesting parents get their kids vaccinated right away, to avoid the back to school rush.
According to the CDC:
“Chickenpox can be serious. Before there was a vaccine, chickenpox caused about 4 million people to get sick, more than 10,500 hospitalizations, and about 100 to 150 deaths each year. Most people who had severe chickenpox were healthy beforehand. Read about a healthy teenager who got chickenpox and died.”(They inserted this bit of info to instill fear in YOU.)
And according to NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center):
“Data from 1992 showed that about 158,000 cases of chickenpox were reported and 100 deaths were reported. More than half of the deaths were in adults because chickenpox is more serious in adults than in children. Up to 20 percent of adults who get chickenpox can develop severe complications such as pneumonia. Other rare complications from chickenpox include serious bacterial infection of the lesions and brain inflammation, which is reported in less than one percent of children who get chickenpox. Most children and adults who develop severe complications from chickenpox disease have compromised immune systems or other health problems.”
Students who have already had two doses of the vaccine, have already had chickenpox (and therefore natural LIFETIME immunity), or have a blood test proving they are immune- do not need to get additional vaccines. Chickenpox is transmitted by coughing and sneezing or by touching chickenpox blisters, therefore it is quite contagious. It causes an itchy rash, fever, and once you get the virus, you are at risk of developing shingles later in life.
I cannot imagine how many of these parents feel, being put in this position. I wonder if there will be a mass exodus to homeschooling in the 2016-2017 school year? We shall see.
Source: Q13 News