Add Another Shot to School Vaccines

Lunch in the park with mom a great time? Soon to be Kindergartner Cameron thinks so especially when it's time for dessert. But for Cameron’s mom, she knows it won't be so sweet when it comes time for vaccinations.

Shea Saladee says, "It's never fun I mean they don't enjoy them (shots) and he always asks me do I have to go back and get another shot."

And now, with the state requiring two doses of the Chickenpox vaccine, he'll have to sit through one more.

Shea Saladee says, "With him going to kindergarten, I actually split his up into two rounds, so when he turned four, I did half of them and then when he starts in August, I’ll go back and get the second half."

But according to Linda Ohri a professor at Creighton University’s School of Pharmacy and of the Immunization Task Force, Chickenpox is still a big problem.

Linda Orhi says, "We still see outbreaks occurring in schools, we still see people coming in to a hospital or a medical office with Chickenpox, and then you have the problem of it getting spread to other people."

Chase Moffitt says, "And to prevent a serious outbreak, health officials now require two doses of the Chickenpox vaccine."

Linda Orhi says, "Individuals who get a second dose, have virtually all of them, become immune to chicken pox; it's over 99-percent of people."

But other parents at Elmwood Park don't see the immediate need. Kelly Jimenez-Smith says, "I think that vaccinations are important but on the other hand I lived through the Chickenpox, so it sounds like just actually catching it would be more powerful than giving two doses."

Kristi Schmidt-Herrera says, "To make it mandatory at 2 (shots) is little much I would probably do it, just because I don't want them to have chicken pox, but I think they should have a choice."

School officials in Omaha and Papillion-LaVista have already sent notices to parents about the new requirements Omaha Public Schools will send out another letter to parents of students who do not yet have the second the dose.

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