Six Unvaccinated Students Excluded From New York School

Six students have been prevented from attending from a New York school as they don't have all required vaccinations, according to reports.

All the unidentified students previously had religious exemptions. However, the state repealed these in June this year—with some exceptions—in response to the worst outbreak of measles in the U.S. in more than two decades, reported.

Now, the law in New York state prohibits schools from "permitting any child to be admitted to such school, or to attend such school, in excess of 14 days without sufficient evidence that the child has received all age appropriate required vaccinations."

Karen Dunphy, a spokesperson from the Skaneateles Central School District, said that the students had reached the end of the 14-day grace period and the parents were told that they should not bring them in.

"The parents have been cooperative," said Dunphy, who noted that there had been significant communication between the two parties. "Everyone has been respectful of everyone's side here. It's gone smoothly."

"The district and families followed state regulations," a Skaneateles spokesperson told Newsweek.

The children are now being home-schooled.

State officials said more than 26,000 children in New York used religious exemptions to attend school in 2017 and 2018, BuzzFeed News reported.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1,241 confirmed cases of measles between January 1 and September 19, 2019 in the U.S. This is the highest number of cases reported in the country since 1992.

These cases occurred across 31 states, although more than 75 percent have been linked to outbreaks in New York.

The CDC says that the majority of people who contracted measles were unvaccinated. Furthermore, the disease is more likely to spread and cause outbreaks in communities where groups of people are unvaccinated.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can lead to serious complications. This year, as of September, 131 of those who contracted the disease were hospitalized, while 65 suffered complication such as pneumonia and encephalitis.

On Wednesday, health officials declared that an outbreak of measles in Rockland County, New York was over. In total, there had been 312 confirmed cases as of September 25, according to the New York State Department of Health. The outbreak was linked to international travelers.

"At the end of September 2018, an international traveler arrived in Rockland County with a suspected case of the measles," the health department said in a statement. "Per protocol, the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) was notified and immediately activated its Communicable Disease Team to investigate."

"There have been additional cases of measles from international travelers to Rockland, exposing more people to measles," the statement read. "People who are unvaccinated risk getting infected with measles and spreading it to others."

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A nurse holds up a one dose bottle and a prepared syringe of measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine. George Frey/Getty Images