Immunization is again a hot topic after a string of measles outbreaks at Disneyland, in a Chicago day care and elsewhere. If your child is in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, there's only a very small chance the student sitting next to them hasn't been vaccinated against the disease.
State law requires public school students to show their immunization history before being allowed to attend class. But it allows two exemptions to the rule: for medical reasons, or for religious belief. North Carolina does not have a "personal belief" exemption.
A total of 617 students in CMS this year were not vaccinated under one of those two exemptions. That's less than one half of one percent of the more than 144,000 students in the district.
Religious exemptions accounted for 504 students. Medical exemptions made up the remaining 113.
CMS requires six vaccinations for children entering kindergarten. Most require several doses:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
- Haemophilus influenzae type B
- Hepatitis B
- Measles, mumps and rubella