Vaccination Law In Effect As Start Of School Edges Closer
Parents and guardians can no longer skip vaccinations because of their personal beliefs.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
New Vaccination Law Takes Effect
As students head back to school, they will be held to a new state law designed to stop the spread of disease by making it more difficult to opt out of vaccines...More than 13,000 (2.4 percent) of kindergartners statewide lacked some or all vaccines last school year , 4,000 fewer than in 2013-14, the highest on record. In San Diego County, some 1,600 (3.6 percent) kindergartners had a personal belief exemption last year, a drop of about 400 students from the prior year when 4.5 percent lacked some or all vaccines. (Magee, 8/1)
In other public health news —
Concussions, Heat-Related Illness Are Concerns For Local Football Coaches
Dr. Jonathan Pettegrew advised coaches and athletic directors Monday to have an action plan for heat-related illness, and to make sure athletes are properly hydrated. Heat exhaustion claimed the life of Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Korey Springer, whose 2001 death led to an NFL review of training camp procedures. Springer became dizzy and vomited multiple times during a practice held in intense heat and humidity; his body temperature reached 109 degrees before his death in a Minnesota hospital. (Carlson, 8/1)