Nearly 10K ND students not fully immunized

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction says nearly 10,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade are not fully immunized against diseases.

The Dickinson Press reports (http://bit.ly/13w2rgx ) that means about 8 percent of the state’s elementary and secondary students have not received required vaccinations.

Valerie Fischer, director of safe and healthy schools, says the lack of vaccinations leaves schools and students vulnerable to a public outbreak of diseases.

The Department of Public Instruction is working with the North Dakota Department of Health to make sure all students in the state have the proper immunizations at the right time. Less than 2 percent of students’ parents opt out of vaccinations for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.

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