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School Vaccinations and Exemptions
KETTERING -- As more and more kids head back to school, time is ticking for parents to get their children vaccinated.
Ohio law requires all kids who go to school be up to date on their vaccinations within 15 days of school starting.
"Just make it real, real loose, and it'll be over before you know it," said the nurse.
Getting your vaccinations certainly isn't fun.
"All done, you did so good, you're all finished," said the nurse.
But according to Dr. David Roer of Pediatric Associates of Dayton, it's necessary.
"Vaccines prevent diseases that can be devastating to young kids, newborns, babies and on," Dr. Roer said.
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For Clark, there was no question she was going to vaccinate her 9-month-old daughter, Bailey.
"It's important to me because, so they don't get sick," said Clark.
"The school law is to protect all children from diseases that are spread easily among students," said Julie Goode, Public Health Nurse Coordinator.
But there are exemptions. In fact, all 50 states allow kids to be exempt if they have a medical reason, like an allergy.
All states but five allow kids to not get vaccinated for religious reasons. Ohio is included in that.
But the Buckeye State is one of only 20 states that allow parents to exempt their kids from vaccinations for philosophical reasons or beliefs.
"In those cases the parent would have to fill out a statement as to why their children is not being vaccinated and have that on file with the school," said Goode.
While parents are allowed to make those decisions, some doctors say it's important to remember why vaccinations are strongly urged.
"Reality is the vaccines prevent diseases that can be terminal, devastating long-term mental health issues," said Dr. Roer.
There have been reports of certain vaccines causing some complications for kids, but Dr. Roer tells us that more studies have been done, and they show that the vaccines are safe and effective.
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