Youth Vaccinations in School District

City health centers do allow minors as young as 14 to consent for vaccines, said James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The school nurses, however, said that students have already been turned away from health centers on the “field trips.”

By Kristen Graham

Measles Vaccine Investigation

Dr. Kristin Feemster is the director of the Immunization Program at the Philadelphia Health Department.

“If you’re at a school and your immunization rate is let’s say 80%, as a parent, should you be concerned? Yeah, absolutely,” said Feemster.

By Chad Pradelli

School District Exclusion Over Vaccines

James Garrow, a spokesperson for the city health department, said that to prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and mumps, high percentages of children should receive the required immunizations on schedule. Philadelphia is in better shape than many other communities, Garrow said, because about 95 percent of its students have received one dose of a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, and 75 percent have received two doses.

“The School District of Philadelphia has policies to enforce the requirement that children receive their recommended immunizations, and the Department of Public Health is working with the School District to assess and maintain high levels of immunization coverage at individual schools,” Garrow said in a statement.

By Kristen Graham