A child receives immunization for polio
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Ohio has had some of the worst numbers in the country when it comes to immunizations. And as school starts back up, health advocates say new laws are making kids safer. But, others want parents to know they still have options.

Ohio now requires essentially every child to be immunized against 14 different diseases before going into daycare facilities. Then there are a few more vaccinations added for kids going into grade school and throughout their education.

Mills Lawn Elementary School in Yellow Springs had the lowest kindergarten vaccination rate in the state in 2014.
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This week on WYSO Curious, we tackle a tough topic: vaccinations. Scott Croshier of Yellow Springs asked, “to what extent is Yellow Springs’ embrace of alternative medicine accompanied by a rejection of vaccination among local parents?”


Ohio Health Agency Urges Vaccines As Classes Start

Aug 18, 2014

The Ohio Department of Health is urging parents to make sure children are up-to-date on vaccinations to protect them and their classmates as they begin a new school year.
The department says children who aren't vaccinated have a higher risk of contracting and spreading illnesses such as measles and mumps. Ohio has dealt with outbreaks of both of those diseases this year.
The mumps outbreak in central Ohio stood at 479 cases as of this week, with just over half of those cases linked to Ohio State University.