Calif. Schools Turn Away Unvaccinated Students

California schools are turning away middle and high school students who have not received the whooping cough vaccine.

Students are now required to get the vaccine under a law passed
last year after a historic spike in cases of the potentially fatal disease.

The law initially required all students entering grades seven
through 12 to get vaccinated by the start of the 2011-2012 school
year.

Lawmakers passed a 30-day extension as districts worried many
students wouldn't meet the deadline.

Students can still attend if their parents file a form saying they oppose vaccines.

San Francisco Unified School District on Thursday began sending
home students who arrived without proof of vaccination.

District spokeswoman Heidi Anderson says about 2,000 students,
or 10 percent, of the student body are still unvaccinated.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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