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Chickenpox Outbreak Hits North Carolina School with high vaccination exemption

A North Carolina school where a high concentration of families claims religious exemption from vaccines faces the state's worst chickenpox…

A North Carolina school where a high concentration of families claims religious exemption from vaccines faces the state’s worst chickenpox outbreak for more than 20 years.

The outbreak of chickenpox has affected 36 students at the Asheville Waldorf School, Health Care Officer with Buncombe County said. The outbreak is ranked as North Carolina’s largest since a chickenpox vaccine became available more than 20 years ago, reports Asheville Citizen Times .

Asheville Waldorf School has one of the highest family family rates to opt for vaccines based on religious beliefs, according to data from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Of the 28 children who participated in preschool at school during the school year 201

7-2018 demanded about 19 religious exemptions from vaccines – a higher degree of exceptions than all but two other schools in the state according to the citizens Times .

Buncombe County Medical Director, Dr. Jennifer Mullendore, created a link between the widespread chickenpop update and the low registration of immunization.

“We want to be clear: vaccination is the best protection against chickenpox,” Mullendore said in a statement. “Two doses of varicella vaccine can offer significant protection against childhood poppies and shingles as adults. When we see a large number of unimmunized children and adults, we know that a disease like chickenpox can spread easily throughout society – to our playgrounds, grocery stores and sports teams “.

While North Carolina requires immunizations for all children’s age groups, including two-dose chickenpox vaccine, it allows medical and religious exceptions. Parents who wish to claim religious exemptions for their children must describe their religious objection to immunization in a written statement to schools and other childcare programs instead of an immunization record.

A statement from Asheville Waldorf said that the school follows immunization requirements.

“Our school follows strict immunization requirements introduced by the North Carolina State Board of Education. As an Associated Member of the Association of Waldorf Schools in North America and, like all other Waldorf Schools, we are consistent with national, state and local laws,” said the statement . “We also realize that parents’ decision to immunize their children happens before entering school. At the Asheville Waldorf School we support our families, we love our students, we love our city and we are grateful that our society is strong during challenging times. “

The school officials did not respond immediately to the request for comments.

The outbreak of the waterfall is an incredible growth in the number of unvaccinated children. Anti-vaccination feelings have taken away in some societies in recent years, strained by the myth that vaccines are linked to increased autism levels that go back to a now-debunked and retracted 1998 study. Despite evidence suggesting immunizations as an effective way of protecting against diseases such as chickenpox, the disease control and preventive treatment centers (CDC) said this year that the proportion of children without vaccinations under 2 years of age celebrated since 2001.

CDC also found an overall increase in the rate of exception for children in the age group, with Oregon holding the highest median rate.

Write to Mahita Gajanan at [email protected] .

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