The National Digest

‘No Shot, No School’: Health Officials Crack Down On School Vaccinations

School starts Friday in the Des Moines metro and the Polk County Health Department is doing all it can to ensure all eligible students are vaccinated.

According to the Polk County Health Department, more than 93% of students in every Polk County school district were fully vaccinated in 2018.

Students with medical or religious exemptions can attend school without vaccinations.

“Let’s say a student has a provisional,” Aigner said. “They have completed one vaccine in a series, then we give them time to get the whole thing completed. If not, they are excluded from school.”

“If seventh graders do not have at least one dose of the meningitis vaccine and 12th graders don’t have at least two doses … no shot, no school,” she said.

Aigner said there are different vaccination requirements for every age group.

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