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Students get stuck to avoid suspension

Posted September 24, 2008

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— About 200 Wake County students faced suspension from school Wednesday if they did not get vaccinated.

More than 1,000 Wake County students got their shots Tuesday to avoid being suspended.

Clinics were held in 17 of 20 traditional-schedule middle schools in the county to help sixth-graders beat the deadline for vaccination.

A state law that went into effect in January requires that sixth-graders provide immunization records showing that they have had the Tdap booster within 30 days of the start of school, or face suspension.

The suspension is not a disciplinary measure.

Parents WRAL spoke with gave a number of reasons why they didn't get their children the shot earlier.

Some said they procrastinated, while others said they thought their kids had it but couldn't find the paperwork.

The vast majority said they didn't know about the necessary vaccination.

A final free clinic was offered from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Wake County Commons Building, 4011 Carya Drive in Raleigh.

The deadline for students in Wake, Durham, Johnston and Cumberland counties was Tuesday; the deadline for those in Lee County was Wednesday.

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  • haggis basher Sep 25, 2008

    "You make the appointment, write it on the calendar and note the shots given. Then you not only have the shot record information, but a "back up".

    I don't think your Calender would be acceptable proof. Rather too easy to fake for those dumb or lazy folks who won't get their kids protected.....

  • haggis basher Sep 25, 2008

    "My question is why only 6th graders. Shouldn't it be for all students?"
    Well everyone has to go through six grade and the decline in vaccination has been building up. Starting making sure all sixth grade students are vaccinated with ensure that the number of unvaccinated kids out there is less than the number that would allow an epidemic to spread easily. In this country we cannot force Parents to do the right thing but if they choose to risk their and other folks childrens health they can't then expect free schooling from the State.

  • maddiesmom972 Sep 24, 2008

    We were given numerous announcements before our kids ever left the fifth, received notification via mail, were told on our orientation for 6th grade (again before 5th grade was even over) and AGAIN at the orienation at your assigned teacher during open house. It was probably even in our local paper...At some point the parents have to take some responsibility...they are in middle school - its not like they could drive themselves!

  • CuriousT Sep 24, 2008

    If a parent doesn't have a shot record for the kids, why don't they just save their calendars? You make the appointment, write it on the calendar and note the shots given. Then you not only have the shot record information, but a "back up".

  • iron fist Sep 24, 2008

    Don't parents keep their children's medical records. If you don't know if you child has had the vaccination ask your Dr.

  • JohnDeereGirl Sep 24, 2008

    My question is why only 6th graders. Shouldn't it be for all students?