With lax vaccination requirements for students, Pa. proposes a change
Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | 09.26.16
(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's vaccination requirements are lax for students, but a proposal aims to decrease the threat of an outbreak.
As of now, parents have up to eight months from the start of the school year to get their children vaccinated.
Of all of Pennsylvania's neighbors, only West Virginia is as lenient.
Most other states require students to get vaccinated within 20 days of the start of the year.
Doctor Susan Kressly sees the issue firsthand as school physician for a school district in Bucks County, and was recently president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Kressly says parents take advantage of the state's rule.
"And if they're told, you have to get around to it, and here are your options to making that happen, or here are the consequences, in the majority of cases, they make that happen," says Kressly.
Kressly says the exemption puts other students at risk.
"There's no urgency with the eight month window," she adds.
In 2013-2014, Pennsylvania students had one of the country's worst vaccination rates for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
Published in Healthcare Transformation