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- Seattle Public Schools issued a notice to families on December 20, saying children won’t be allowed back to class if they aren’t vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella by January 8.
- The district told KOMO News in Seattle that roughly 2,300 of the district’s 53,627 students still need to be vaccinated.
- The district’s letter cited Washington state law, and its recent decision to pass a bill that removes the “personal” and “philosophical” options to exempt children from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
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Thousands of public school students in Seattle, Washington, have been told they have just days to get vaccinated or they will not be allowed to return to classes after winter break.
The Seattle Public Schools district issued a notice to families about the necessary vaccinations after Washington state had two measles outbreaks in 2019.
District officials have been hosting free immunizations clinics to help vaccinate children ahead of the deadline, according to USA Today.
Seattle Public Schools issued the notice on December 20, giving families nearly three weeks to vaccinate their children.
Officials cited Washington state law, and its recent decision to pass a bill that removes the “personal” and “philosophical” options to exempt children from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
The notice said students could not attend school “until the required information is provided to the school nurse,” according to CBS News.
“Unfortunately, by state law we have to exclude them,” district spokesman Tim Robinson told KOMO News. “They would be excluded here, they would be excluded at any school district, and we certainly want to avoid that. I know all schools want to avoid it because you don’t want students to miss any school time.”
In 2019, Washington state saw measles outbreaks from January to May and in August. The Washington State Department of Health said there have been 87 cases this year, the highest reported number in any state since 1990.
Nationwide, there were 1,276 reported measles cases from January 1, 2019, to December 5.
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