The student news site of Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas

WINGSPAN

  • Fall semester ends Jan. 12

  • Winter break Dec. 18 - Jan. 3

  • Wingspan wins 2017 NSPA Broadcast Pacemaker

Vaccine exemptions on the rise

The number of parents opting out of vaccinations is one the rise with the rate of students in FISD who had filed for vaccine exemptions at 2.05 percent in 2015-16 which is more than double the state average.

Megan Lin

The number of parents opting out of vaccinations is one the rise with the rate of students in FISD who had filed for vaccine exemptions at 2.05 percent in 2015-16 which is more than double the state average.

Brooke Colombo, News Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The risk of certain preventable diseases spreading in Frisco ISD schools could increase as a growing number of parents have filed for vaccine exemptions since 2003. That’s when state lawmakers allowed for more parent exemptions including reasons of conscience. Previously only medical or religious reasons were allowed for vaccine exemptions.

The number of conscientious exemptions reported by Frisco ISD to the Texas Department of State Health Services in the 2015-16 school year was 2.05 percent, which is more than double the state average

“Frisco ISD takes the health and safety of our students very seriously and is committed to fostering the best possible learning environment for all,” FISD Assistant Director of Communications Meghan Cone said in a Community Impact Newspaper article. “Frisco ISD strongly encourages all families to vaccinate their children, as it protects the individual student’s health and that of the entire community. At the same time, Frisco ISD respects the law and each family’s individual decision regarding vaccines.”

There are two proposals currently under consideration in the Texas Legislature that would make it harder for parents to obtain a vaccine exemption. However, the Keller-based Texans for Vaccine Choice are lobbying against legislation that would limit exemptions.

“These bills would place a barrier between parents and their exemptions,” Texans for Vaccine Choice Director of State Policy Rebecca Hardy said in a Community Impact Newspaper article. “These bills also assume the parents that are requesting these exemptions are uneducated, when in fact all the research shows that those that choose personalized vaccination schedules are, in fact, quite educated.”
Here on campus, school nurse Emily Mikeska says the recent outbreaks of the mumps in the North Texas area has schools apprehensive of possible contagions.

“It’s the ones that aren’t vaccinated that we’re most concerned about and if there was an outbreak of something there would be a notification process,” Mikeska said. “They would possibly need to be excluded from attending school until we got an all clear because there’s incubation periods.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

Wingspan intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. Wingspan does not allow anonymous comments and requires the person's first and last name along with a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments. To see our full Comment Policy, visit libertywingspan.com/about/

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    2018-19 calendar and attendance zones up for approval Monday night

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    Rain showers down on stage after water pipe breaks in auditorium

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    Attendance zone previews

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    Water pipe breaks in auditorium

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    Frisco Bowl seeking students for sideline reporting

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    School scores 7 out 7 in state academic accountability ratings

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    Free babysitting for teachers offered by StuCo

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    2 weeks left to apply for FEF scholarships

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    Walking and learning, teachers get tips and strategies

  • Vaccine exemptions on the rise

    News

    Grass rooftop neighborhood next to school proposed

The student news site of Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas
Vaccine exemptions on the rise