LOS ANGELES (AP) — As the peak of whooping cough season and the school year approach, California public health officials are pushing parents to get middle and high school students vaccinated against the highly infectious illness.

State Department of Public Health officials released public service announcements in English and Spanish this week to tell parents their children must get vaccines before they are allowed into classrooms.

A law requiring the shots went into effect July 1, and was passed after a record epidemic of more than 9,000 cases hit California and killed 10 infants last year.

However, last week legislators in both houses approved emergency legislation to give schools a reprieve from the requirement, allowing them to conditionally admit students for up to 30 days.

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Comments (4)
  1. Stryker 21 says:

    To bad my white son needs to get a vaccine, the ILLEGAL ALIENS keep the disease going. Thank goodness my son attends private school.

  2. Chris Blair says:

    Are those who teach/work with the students ALSO required to get the vaccine?

    You know: teachers, principals, deans, counselors, administrative personnel, librarians, coaches, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, school resource officers, security personnel, etc??

    If the answer is no, then why not?

    Shouldn’t they have to prove they received the immunization BEFORE they go back to work with THE CHILDREN and collect a paycheck?

    Or are students/children the only humans whom contact and spread this disease?

  3. Chris Blair says:

    I meant “contract” and not “contact”

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