Don’t wait, vaccinate


Maddie Meyers

Some people are not getting vaccinated, so diseases from decades ago are returning.

Recently, many diseases from decades ago are returning because people are not getting vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do still happen in communities across the U.S.”

People who don’t vaccinate not only put themselves at risk, but can make others more susceptible, even if they have been vaccinated. For example, in 2015 at Disneyland in California, one person with measles spread the disease to 111 other individuals, even though the CDC declared measles eliminated in 2000, according to The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. But measles is not the only disease that is resurfacing. The University of Missouri-Columbia reported a case of a student diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), Feb. 18.

According to KHS Lead Nurse Julie Tadros, all KSD students have to be vaccinated unless they have religious or medical exemptions from the Health Department and their doctors. However, when there is an outbreak of a certain disease, the students who are not vaccinated for it cannot attend school, Tadros said.

“About 10 0r less [KHS students] per grade level, are exempt either medically or religiously,” Tadros said.