Walton, KI. – In northern Kentucky, the outbreak of more than 30 cases of chicken pox has prompted health officials to ban unvaccinated schoolchildren. Now the family of one student judges for religious reasons.
Students from the Academy of the Assumption went to school on Wednesday, but Jerome Kunkel stayed home again.
"I miss the next two weeks," says the health department, "that I'm not allowed to go to school," he said.
Jerome, a senior basketball team, refused to be vaccinated on a religious basis, despite the outbreak of chickenpox in his Catholic school.
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So the Kunkeles are judging. They claim that Jerome is the victim of overestimating the government. But pediatrician Christopher Bolling said vaccines are necessary for public health.
"Before the vaccine is around, hundreds of people will die annually," Bolling said.
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