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
“It’s a requirement,” said Kristen Feemster, director of research for CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center. “if the student doesn’t have everything they need, they may not be able to attend school until they’re up to date.”
By Michaela Winberg
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