Students skip vaccines under religious exemption

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As school starts, Clark County parents have been scrambling to make sure their children have required immunizations.

Bonnie Sorenson with the Southern Nevada Health District says hundreds of children have been showing up at clinics ahead of Monday's first day of class in the Clark County School District.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1tsMnIH) parents who keep an unvaccinated child in school could be charged with a misdemeanor.

But health officials say thousands of parents send their kids to school without the vaccines.

Some have a medical exemption, but most unvaccinated students fall under a Nevada law allowing families to opt-out if the shots violate their religious beliefs.

Clark County School District's nursing director Lynn Row says the district enrolled about 6,000 unvaccinated students last year. That's about 2 percent of enrollment.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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