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35 Spokane Public School students could miss class due to state's MMR vaccine requirement law

SPOKANE, Wash. - Thirty five Spokane Public School students could miss school because of Washington state’s new Mumps, Measles and Rubella vaccine requirement law. 

Under the new law, parents can no longer exempt children from the MMR vaccine because of personal or philosophical beliefs. 

SPS Spokesperson Brian Coddington said, in total, 2,890 SPS students have not yet updated their immunization records. This number includes all types of immunizations, not just MMR. 

Coddington added that 617 have MMR exemptions, which includes medical and religious exemptions, which are still allowed. Thirty five students have listed personal exemption designations, which are not allowed under the new law. 

The district’s immunization exclusion date is set for October 11. Families have until then to vaccinate their children and get their immunization paperwork up to date before their kids are asked to stay home from school. 

Without proof of compliance, students will not be able to return to class on October 14, until proof of immunization is provided. 

“We’re really working in targeting those families that are still out there that haven’t fulfilled their obligation with the paperwork,” said Coddington. “So that everybody has a chance to, one, know the information, two, to digest it and really ask any questions or have a conversation with us if they need to.” 

During the 2018-19 school year, 8.5 percent of Spokane County students claimed exemptions.

Throughout Eastern Washington, the amount of students vaccinated stayed fairly uniform. Between Spokane, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Ferry. Lincoln and Whitman Counties, the report said 85 percent of all enrolled students received the necessary vaccinations.  

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