At Licking Valley Elementary School in Newark, Ohio, 100 percent of the incoming kindergartners in the 2016-17 school year had records of all their required vaccinations. Of the school's 148 kindergartners, zero had medical exemptions and six had religious/personal belief exemptions. The information comes from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health each year by every school in the state, and obtained by the Dayton Daily News. The data is only collected at kindergarten, seventh grade, twelfth grade and when new students enter other grades. Many schools have struggled to get vaccination rates up to recommended standards that health officials say would prevent outbreaks of whooping cough, mumps and measles. Some schools see parents in their communities opting out of vaccinations, but the vast majority of the schools that didn’t meet state standards missed the mark because students simply didn’t have the shots in time for the October deadline. Three out of four elementary schools in Ohio failed to have every incoming kindergartner documented as either vaccinated or exempt from vaccination by the state deadline in 2016.
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