A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a Disneyland measles outbreak has generated such an acidic debate that the proposal’s author was under added security this week.
While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation’s classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.
The number of flu deaths across California have more than doubled since last week and hospitals are packed with patients.
An increase in emergency room visits for the flu has led Los Angeles Health officials to urge all residents to get vaccinated.
The school year is expected to start in a few weeks for most LAUSD students and that means there isn’t much time left to get whooping cough vaccine boosters.
Some 3 million public and private school students in California must prove they have had a booster vaccination against whooping cough to attend grades 7 through 12 this fall.