PHOENIX (AP) – A newspaper reports that hundreds of Arizona schools last year failed to collect reports from some parents saying whether they vaccinated their children against measles.
The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that schools are required by state law to collect the forms. It helps schools identify unvaccinated students in the case of an outbreak.
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble says health officials check on schools that don’t report its exemptions, but that isn’t enough.
He says state and county officials need to do a better job.
The newspaper says several schools had vaccination rates well below what health officials consider safe, one at 30 percent.
Sean Elliott, medical director of University of Arizona Infection Prevention, says such schools can become ground zero for a rapidly spreading outbreak.
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