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    Filed at 7:12 am under by dcobranchi

    This is the first that I heard that HEKs are going to have to get extra vaccinations. The article makes no sense as written, but the principle is still worrisome:

    Some students may need to visit a doctor before Aug. 1 because school immunization requirements have changed.

    According to the Rockingham County schools, children and college students are now required by state law to receive an additional mumps vaccine and a booster dose of a combination tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough.


    A few categories of students must comply. Public school students entering sixth grade need extra immunizations if five years has past since the last dose of tetanus and diphtheria vaccine.

    All students 12 or older at non-public schools, such as private or home schools, must have the additional shots. College and university students must also comply by Aug. 1 if 10 years has passed since their last tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine, and provide proof to their institution’s health department. All students enrolling in a school or college for the first time are required to take a second mumps vaccine.

    As far as I can tell, this law has no teeth for homeschools. The penalty for non-compliance is expulsion from school. I seriously doubt that will work for HEKs.

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