(This one’s been so hot in the sidebar that I thought I’d give it a whirl on the front page so that more people might join the conversation. It’s been pretty civil, so let’s keep it that way! – promoted by Sue Prent)
VT Sen Mullin is reviving the effort to rid our commonwealth of the philosophical exemption to vaccinations. I'm hopeful we can beat back the lobbying of misinformed, selfish people who were effective at scuttling the statutory change back in 2012. I've already contacted our 3 legislators.
Sadly, according to the VPR report our school is below 90% compliance WRT to the MMR vax. That's not necessarily inconsistent with general information I got recently from our principal, but I've written to him, the schoolboard chair, and the district superintendent for clarification on our immunization rates and how the administration might be addressing this issue.
Anywayz, please contact your delegation in Mount Peculiar:
- House: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/all/2016/House
- Senate: http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/all/2016/Senate
Let's make sure rationality and social responsibility prevail this time.
Update from the school nurse via our Johnny-on-the-spot principal:
I do not know where the information for this article was pulled from. It is not current. It may be the numbers from the Dec 2012 report. The most recently publicly reported numbers are on the Dept of Health website http://www.healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/immsurv.aspx Click on the 2013-2014 aggregate rates by school. This is the information that was given to the Health Dept by us in December of 2013. It has our MMR rate at 99.2%. The most recent report that was done in December of 2014 has not yet been publicly reported by the Health Dept, but our MMR rate is similar to the 99.2%. I don't have the exact number here, but I can give it to you on Thursday when I am back in the office. I can understand this parent's concern; the number reported for us was not good, but also not correct.
Thanks also to the superintendent, who also got back to us quickly and will be informing VPR of their inaccuracy.
Adding: VPR fixed their story, noting they used outdated information. FES is no longer on The List of Shame.