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Kentucky student sues health department while refusing vaccine amid chickenpox outbreak at his school

Mar 19, 2019 by

A Kentucky student is suing his local health department after it barred students who aren’t immunized against the chickenpox from attending school and canceled extracurricular activities during an outbreak that has affected 32 people.

Jerome Kunkel, a senior at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/Assumption Academy in Walton, Kentucky, refuses to get the chickenpox vaccine, citing his Christian faith, reported CNN affiliate WLWT. He and his father allege that he’s being discriminated against because of religious beliefs.

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Last week, the Northern Kentucky Health Department announced that all students at the school who don’t have “proof of vaccination or proof of immunity against chickenpox will not be allowed to attend school until 21 days after the onset of rash for the last ill student or staff member.”
This also affects the school’s sports and extracurricular activities, which have been canceled to avoid spreading the illness to other schools and places.
Jerome Kunkel told the station that he’s upset over the health department’s decision, especially because it affects his basketball season.
“The fact that I can’t finish my senior year of basketball, like our last couple games is pretty devastating. I mean you go through four years of high school, playing basketball, but you look forward to your senior year,” he said.

Source: Kentucky student sues health department while refusing vaccine amid chickenpox outbreak at his school – CNN

 

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