More than 2,000 Metro seventh graders not yet fully immunized

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7:22pm
Staff reports

As of late Tuesday, 2,103 seventh-grade Metro students still lack their required immunization shots, with many of them subject to be sent home from school, according to Metro Nashville Public Schools officials.

In all, Metro has more than 5,000 seventh-grade students. Under new state law, they’re required to have second tetanus immunization boosters and second varicella (chicken pox) boosters. Forty percent haven’t done so.

According to Metro schools spokeswoman Meredith Libbey, figures provided late Tuesday are the latest available.

Under the district’s policy, students have five days to receive the shots after being notified. Otherwise, they are to not return to school. That means many updated vaccination records were due Monday, Aug. 22.

The Metro Nashville Health Department has announced the Lentz Public Health Center’s fast lane immunization clinic –– which had been open to accommodate the vaccination demand –– closed Wednesday afternoon.

According to a press release, the health department will resume providing immunizations Thursday and Friday inside the Lentz Public Health Center.

Between Monday and Wednesday, more than 500 children received shots in the fast lane.

Filed under: City News
Tagged: chicken pox | MNPS | tetanus

6 Comments on this post:

By: budlight on 8/25/11 at 7:16

A healthy student with a doctor's letter can be excused from taking these shots. The government wants to fill everyone full of chemicals.

By: cashnthings on 8/25/11 at 7:40

I geuss those kids got the wavier form. PLus the kids who have have the shot should be immune anyway so what is the concern other than big Parma not making there profits from this.

By: Nitzche on 8/25/11 at 11:17

gotta love the 3rd world coming here and the welfare state already here! please report when they either go to their home and do the shots, or set up clinics in the gym...stunning!

By: budlight on 8/25/11 at 1:38

no shots for me!

By: gdiafante on 8/26/11 at 5:33

Wow...I hope the previous posts aren't representative of the aggregate population...that would be a sad commentary for a once proud nation.

By: yucchhii on 8/28/11 at 1:53

yucchhii No mention of the cost of these shots! Are the families to be chraged for these shots? If so, how much? There are MANY families that can't afford these shots if they are to be charged. But then if they are to be charged, where are they gonna come up with the $$$? Of course Mayor DINK makes no intervention here to make it so kids can get the shots they need. How about this, many kids could be alergic to the shots!! BUT the city DON'T care anyway. IF they did, they would NOT be waisting the MILLIONS of dollars on a NEW CONVENTION CENTER THAT "NOBODY" WANTS!!!