School Kids Get Up to 60% Less vaccine This Year
School kids don’t seem to be big spreaders, especially younger kids. One reason is that most people get the virus from exposing themselves to the same virus as a child does. One type of child usually doesn’t come in contact with the same virus as another type of child, so their chances of contracting it are slim. One type of child usually doesn’t come in contact with the same virus as an adult, so their chances of contracting it are slim.
Some children attend primary school but attend a public school afterwards. Others still may attend both types of schools. They’re more likely to get sick with the virus if they attend public school, because there’s more opportunity to share the same virus long island daycare.
Secondary school kids are more susceptible, since they usually learn from other students in the classroom. Also, primary school kids have less exposure than secondary school kids do to the HPV virus. Primary school districts don’t have the resources to screen for and treat students who might be at risk. Also, the people who design the immunization schedules for school districts don’t always consider the fact that younger, unprotected kids are at risk as well.
It’s important for kids to get regular doses of the HPV vaccine, especially when they’re younger. But some school districts don’t offer routine doses of the vaccine to kids who start attending kindergarten. For kids who start attending kindergarten after the age of 9 or 10, their regular immunization series begins every year. After this, the series stops. And after grade 8, their regular shots of the HPV vaccine to stop.
The problem is that high school and middle school kids are starting out at a much higher age. So when public schools start offering the HPV vaccination to these younger students, the numbers will go down. In response to this problem, many states are requiring that public schools calculate the average age of their students and then provide the appropriate HPV vaccination. Some schools are also offering HPV discounts for students who don’t have one shot at all.
The bottom line is that there’s no real way to track how many kids have contracted HPV this year. There was only one reported case of a student getting HPV this summer. But it’s easy to imagine many more cases missed because many school year participants are too young to get vaccinated. So keep your wits about you and let the school year begins.