Middle schools remind parents of new vaccine requirement

Incoming seventh-graders cannot be exempt from immunizations

As families prepare for their children's summer vacation, Pleasanton middle school administrators are reminding parents that incoming seventh-graders next school year will need certain vaccines before the start of school.

Students entering seventh grade are required to have a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine before entering seventh grade at any California public school, Pleasanton school officials said in emails to parents this week.

While most students received these vaccines prior to the start of school, Gov. Jerry Brown recently eliminated an exemption to the requirement on the basis of religion or personal beliefs. As of Jan. 1, all public school students must have these vaccines upon certain benchmarks, including seventh grade.

All exemptions will remain on file with the Pleasanton Unified School District until a student reaches those benchmarks, which also includes kindergarten. Seventh-graders who have not received the immunizations will not be allowed to start school until proof of vaccination is submitted, the district stated.

"By eliminating the personal belief exemption, (Senate Bill) 277 will increase the vaccination rates of our students," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement when the bill was signed.

"These rates have dropped so low during the past few years that the risk of disease outbreaks has risen significantly," he added. "At the same time, the bill provides educational options for families that decide against vaccinating their children."

The reasons some parents had opted for a vaccination exemption varied, but some claimed they were concerned that certain vaccines were linked to the onset of autism -- a theory that has been discredited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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3 people like this
Posted by Question
a resident of Del Prado
on May 6, 2016 at 9:11 am

The article states the requirements start with seventh graders. What about the sixth graders that are in our middle schools?

14 people like this
Posted by Skye Dog
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2016 at 9:14 am

Once again, the Weekly not only demonstrates bias in its stories but ridicules segments of its readership. To highlight concern about autism as the primary reason some parents choose to delay or decline any vaccine on the federal schedule is to show alarming ignorance of the issues involved. Even parents who choose to vaccinate have concerns about the 69 doses of 16 vaccines on the federal schedule; pharmaceutical products with potential risk. The federal government acknowledged those risks by establishing the Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in 1986 that has to date paid out over $3 Billion dollars to vaccine injured children. Where there is risk, there must be choice. To broadbrush concerned parents as ignorant or believing in "discredited" studies shows your bias, shallow thinking and lack of dedication to informed reporting.

4 people like this
Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 6, 2016 at 9:23 am

"The reasons some parents had opted for a vaccination exemption varied, but some claimed they were concerned that certain vaccines were linked to the onset of autism -- a theory that has been discredited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

A theory discredited by the Corrupt CDC, the same organization that hid and destroyed damaging documentation. Autism rates have increased from every 1 in 10,000 child to 1 in 45! These rates strongly correlate to the increase of inoculations given. If you want information to decide for yourself check out and try to see VAXXED.

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Posted by just an excuse
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

Oh please, now one in every 45 kids is autistic. Bull. Autism is the new one size fits all excuse for your child's behavior. Spend time in other countries, Europe and Japan for certain, and you will find something entirely different. Their kids are taught from infancy to behave and to eat properly. You will not find French children drinking juice and eating snacks all day. What you will find is those kids being taken to fine restaurants, sitting still and eating like human beings. Not screaming, running around like animals or refusing to eat as all of the kids allegedly "on the autism spectrum" in this country.

I am tired of parents allowing behavior issues to become classified as "autism" and using their uneducated beliefs to put the rest of us at risk due to their refusal to vaccinate. Get your kids under control, stop making excuses and get them vaccinated. Quote whatever source you like but the fact is that diseases that were nearly gone are coming back due to the level of unvaccinated kids. Whooping cough and measles anyone? Maybe these dopes can also bring back polio, now there's a good thought.

36 people like this
Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on May 6, 2016 at 11:47 am

This is an overdue requirement. Simple, get vaccinated and stay healthy.

24 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Sad to see the antivax people here. I don't understand how you find the scientifically and medically untrained to be more credible than the ones who are trained. It isn't just the CDC, it is every credentialed scientific organization throughout the world that has looked for links and found none.

What's worse is that they now have a presidential candidate (Trump) who buys this nonsense.

4 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

Science should look deeper into the parents life styles before they became parents. Compare generations and life styles to autism in those generations.

22 people like this
Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Got polio? No, no you don't. Why? Vaccines and other inoculations. Same got for measles, mumps, reubella, pertussis, small pox. Millions and millions of lives have been saved and the anti vaxers or going to base their proof on allegory, the opinions of a stripper/actress and a debunked Doctor that lost his license for false claims and bad pseudo science.

15 people like this
Posted by Another W.G. Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 7, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Another W.G. Parent is a registered user.

Concerned Parent - do you even know who Andrew Wakefield is? Have you read his 1998 paper in the Lancet (which has since been retracted and he has been struck off - meaning he is no longer a doctor)? Is was a study based on 12 kids. TWELVE. The harm that this guy has caused is unbelievable, and as Eric and others have said, it's bad science that the anti-vaxers are falling for.

Well done California for implementing this.

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