Last year, unvaccinated children were not restricted from attending
schools or classrooms where whooping cough was going around, according to the the report. But because many of the city's
cases of whooping cough have been associated with schools and classrooms
with low immunization rates, that could change.
"Depending on the situation and at the discretion of the on-call
physician and disease control team, we may choose to set up restrictions
for schools and day care facilities during this upcoming school year,"
the report explains.
Letters announcing the possible policy shift are in the works and will
soon be distributed to parents in the district and posted on the SFDPH's
Three days ago, Dr. Susan Fernyak, director of communicable disease control and prevention at the SFDPH answered a few commonly asked questions in the San Francisco Chronicle. But if you've got more questions about how vaccinating your children could save the lives of babies, contact the SFDPH.
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