Thousands Arrive at School Without Whooping Cough Vaccination

Thousands of Los Angeles area students, who began school Tuesday at campuses on a year-round schedule, had not met the deadline for getting the mandatory whooping cough vaccine, providing officials with a glimpse into what could confront them in the fall. The 8,700 Los Angeles Unified School District students who faced Tuesday’s deadline were those attending Bell, Fremont and Huntington Park high schools as well as Gage Middle School in Huntington Park and Ochoa Learning Center in Cudahy. The district dispatched 23 extra nurses to those schools to review vaccination records. The situation at Huntington Park High was the worst. Of 2,420 students due in class, 1,840 – or 76% – had no proof that they had been vaccinated. Students were given temporary passes to stay in school.

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