Hudson Valley Parent

HVP August 2016

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Page 24 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 25 tions such as measles and pertussis have occurred more recently in areas with lower immunization rates," says Dr. Hugg. In order for a vaccine to be effective, 80% or more of the popu- lation must have received it, which takes those exempted on religious or medical grounds or who have al- ready-compromised immune systems into account. All other parents must prove that they have followed the vaccination schedule for their child to attend school in New York. Many vaccines are given as injec- tions into the muscle or below the skin. Redness and swelling at the injection site, fever, rash and joint pain may occur. "Serious side effects are rare," says Dr. Hugg. "But for most children, the risks of side effects are greatly outweighed by the potential benefits of vaccines." Linda Freeman is a freelance writ- er in Marlboro. Vaccine-related resources for parents National Vaccine Information Center - An advocacy resource that helps parents who want to work on expanding vaccine exemptions and protecting the right to informed consent to vaccination. members/Home.aspx Immunization Action Coali- tion - A national organization that works to increase immuni- zation rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public. NYS Immunization Require- ments for 2016-17 School Year - For a listing of what the state requires for school entry in Sep- tember, log onto publications/2370.pdf

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