EDUCATION Vaccine exemptions rising for students in Carroll ISD, GCISD
The number of K-12 students in Texas receiving nonmedical, or conscientious, exemptions for required vaccinations has increased statewide over the past eight years.
BY IAN PRIBANIC
start to get concerned.” A conscientious exemption can be granted when a parent objects to the state’s vaccination requirements based on personal beliefs, religious or otherwise. As such, a parent or guard- ian has the legal right to exclude their children from otherwise required immunizations. According to DSHS ocials, while the number of vaccinated students is far greater than that of those who are unvaccinated, the risk for an outbreak remains and grows higher when more than 5% of students are unvaccinated, ocials said. Across the state, the number of K-12 students receiving nonmedical, or conscientious, exemptions for required vaccinations increased in 2019-20 for the 10th straight school year, according to data from the Texas Education Agency. Numbers from the TEA’s annual
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The numbers of students who opt out of the state’s mandatory vacci- nation requirements have been on the rise in recent years in Carroll ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and other school districts across Texas. During the 2019-20 school year, some 2.58% of GCISD students received exemptions from state vaccination requirements for reasons of conscience, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services; 2.44% of CISD students received such exemptions protection into the community as you possibly can to protect everybody,” DSHS Media Relations Director Chris Van Deusen said. “If it’s one [unvac- cinated] person and everybody else is immunized, it’s not going to be [a problem], but when you see immu- nization rates falling under 95%, you during the same time period. “You want to build as much
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survey gauging immunization status reect responses from roughly 1,200 public districts and 900 accredited private schools in Texas. The most recent survey available as of April 30 indicates that 1.35% of K-12 students in the state received conscientious exemptions during the 2019-20 school year, up from an average of 1.20% in the 2018-19 school year. SOURCES: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
• Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) • Varicella • Meningococcal (MCV4)
• Diphtheria/ Tetanus/
Pertussis (DTaP/ DTP/DT/Td/Tdap) • Polio
• Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B
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