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These routine shots already are required in schools, as more states ban Covid-19 vaccine requirements

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As debates abound over whether coronavirus vaccinations should be required in public schools, many experts point out that students already are required to receive several other routine vaccinations to attend childcare or classes in the United States.

(CNN)As debates abound over whether coronavirus vaccinations should be required in public schools, many experts point out that students already are required to receive several other routine vaccinations to attend childcare or classes in the United States.

According to the National Academy for State Health Policy, five routine childhood vaccines are generally required for children attending childcare or school in all states: diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus or DTaP for childcare and schools; Haemophilus influenzae type B or Hib for childcare; measles, mumps and rubella or MMR for childcare and schools; polio for childcare and schools and varicella or chickenpox for childcare and schools.

Most school requirements follow the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine schedule for children.

An updated CNN analysis has found that, as of Monday, at least nine states -- Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Utah -- have enacted legislation this year that would restrict public schools and universities from requiring either coronavirus vaccinations or documentation of vaccination status.

In Ohio, the law states that a public school or state institution of higher education shall not "require an individual to receive a vaccine for which the United States Food and Drug Administration has not granted full approval" -- and that includes coronavirus vaccines.

"For some school districts, they might make a different decision depending on what's happened within your state and community -- but for others, I think there's still going to be the concern that we still don't have years of experience with this vaccine and so you cannot require students to get vaccinated," she said.

"There's a long history of mandatory vaccination requirements for school children in the United States.

In 1977, the US federal government launched a nationwide Childhood Immunization Initiative and "that's really when all 50 states adopted these mandatory school vaccination requirements," Moss said.

Since 2006, the Association of Immunization Managers has had a longstanding position statement on school and childcare immunization requirements, saying that "requirements are effective public health tools for increasing immunization coverage in children, preventing vaccine-preventable disease, and preventing transmission of disease in school and child care settings. "

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