Do you think the State of Illinois should require students to receive the Tdap booster shot in order to remain in school?
When the Illinois State Board of Health recently approved new recommendations requiring all sixth through twelfth grade students to have an additional vaccination, the Tdap booster shot, Patch asked readers to weigh in. Do you think the state of Illinois should be telling us how to vaccinate our children? Do you think it’s fair that those who refuse vaccinations will not be allowed to attend school? Here are some of the responses we received: "Vaccinations do not make people incapable of fighting disease. Please link to one credible study that supports that conclusion." "Vaccinations train the immune system to respond appropriately to disease. What makes you think that they somehow impede the immune system? If a child is NOT vaccinated, …
Do you think the state of Illinois should require students to receive the Tdap booster shot in order to remain in school?
Saturday, February 16
The Illinois State Board of Health has approved new recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and The Illinois Department of Education to require all sixth through twelfth grade students to have an additional vaccination. The students will now need to show proof of receiving the Tdap booster shot. The vaccine immunizes against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. “We’ve seen an increase in pertussis, or whooping cough, in Illinois during the last six years. Medical experts have found whooping cough has been on the rise in pre-teens and teens, indicating a waning immunity from infant and childhood immunizations,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck in a press release. Last year, Illinois …