I was shocked to recently see the state health department report that over 1 percent — nearly 60,000 — of school-age children are attending Texas schools without all required vaccines. Many of those exemptions are because parents are choosing not to vaccinate based on bad information.

As a parent and grandparent, this scares and angers me. Vaccines are lifesaving. This is proven. Please don’t let our area schools be among those affected by an outbreak. I’m not debating one’s ability to choose. However, with choices come consequences, and where vaccine-preventable illnesses are concerned, those consequences can be dire, even deadly to those who are susceptible.

With August being National Immunization Awareness Month, it’s reassuring to see reports that a significant number of Texans support vaccine school requirements. The majority of us agree vaccines work and adhere. To those who are unsure or opposed, get informed about the benefits of vaccines and make sure you and your family are current on yours. Please allow this prevention strategy to work for all of us.

Catherine Cooksley



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(6) comments

Steve Fouga

Un-vaccinated children should not be allowed to attend public, private, or parochial schools, period.

If a parent chooses not to have their child vaccinated, the parent should home-school the child, or find a group of like-minded parents to school a group of children.

George Croix


PD Hyatt

Yes, home schooling children is a better option.

Dan Freeman


George Croix

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Evidently hogs have finally grown wings,.
Must be....Fuga, and Freeman and I are all three on the same page on a subject......
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Jim Forsythe

Some children can’t be immunized because age, or medical reasons. When someone does not immunize their children, that can be immunized safely, they put other children a risk. We now have many disease's making a come back, that may kill the unprotected. One example is below.
Outbreak Clusters Appear Among the Unvaccinated
Researchers confirmed that a 2010 whooping cough outbreak in California, the nation's worst in over 50 years, was spread by children whose parents applied for non-medical exemptions to school vaccination requirements, many for religious reasons.
The study showed that more cases of whooping cough occurred in the clusters of unvaccinated children than not, resulting in 9,120 instances of the disease and 10 deaths. In San Diego county alone, there were 5,100 exemptions and 980 whooping cough cases.

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