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CCSD checking vaccination records for all students

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District is combing through vaccination records after the recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. Letters have been sent to parents whose children don't have the required immunizations.

Students are only exempt if they have a religious or medical exemption on file with the district. The district is giving students a few weeks to update their records or they won't be allowed back in school.

At 3 years old, Santiago is just months away from having to get his next set of vaccinations.

"He cries a lot," said his mother Karen Ponce. "It's a pain, it's a pain."

But it's a pain this mom is willing to endure.

Per sate law, Santiago must have updated shots to attend pre-k or kindergarten

"He doesn't understand, you know, and we know that we have to do it," she said.

The Clark County School District is cracking down on student vaccinations. There have been two recent cases reported in Clark County. One involved a student at Valley High School. 

"We were concerned when the outbreaks in Disneyland occurred so we started running reports and sending them out to school at that time, because we are a neighboring state and you know a lot of our families travel to Disneyland," said Lynn Row, CCSD director of health services.

Now every school in the district is reviewing student vaccination records. Letters were sent home to parents of students that were flagged as no having their measles, mumps and rubella vaccination in their school records.

"Those are the first kids who are excluded from school," Row said.

The letter states that if the shot record of a student in question is not updated by February 20, they will be barred from school until they have the record updated.

This doesn't count kids with a religious or medical exemption on file.

"Just contact the school without panic or havoc," Row said. "If a mistake was made, they'll take them off the list."

The district said it is unsure how many students may be affected, because some may have been mistakenly flagged.

For now, parents still have more than a week to get records updated.

The school district could do the same thing soon with the whooping cough or hepatitis A or B vaccines.


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