As the America grapples with the highest number of measles cases reported since 1992, Seattle schoolchildren are being told to get vaccinated—or don’t bother returning to class in 2020. Washington is among a number of states to introduce tougher vaccine laws in the wake of a wave of measles outbreaks in an attempt to tackle the public health crisis.
Seattle Public Schools published student vaccination requirements last week, announcing student records have to reflect the updated immunization status by January 8, 2020. If they fail to do so, schoolchildren will not be allowed to attend school. Instead, they will be declared absent until the school nurse is provided with all the necessary information.