Wildwood Elementary School
UPDATE 1:00 PM Wednesday
Turns out it WAS a paperwork thing. Wildwood actually has the best rate of immunization out of all three elementary schools rather than the worst. Yeah.
#####Original story Yesterday
If my youngest daughter attended Wildwood rather than Crocker Farm elementary school, would I be concerned about the recent Department of Public Health document exposing immunization rates in our public schools that clearly show Wildwood compliance with state law dramatically lower than our other two elementary schools?
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Well yes, yes I would. Very concerned.
I'm hoping the dangerously low rates published are just a paperwork thing and that Wildwood -- with the largest Kindergarten population (57) of the three Amherst elementary schools -- simply forgot to submit a state form on time. Or that the 32% not fully immunized have at least had the initial shot and are scheduled for the next.
Although I asked school officials last week for any explanation and thus far have heard nothing back. Never a good sign:
Simply put, the math does not add up. If an average of 64% of the children at Wildwood are fully immunized and 3.8% have an "exemption," then what about the other 32.2%?
The Amherst Board of Health has not had to deal with Measles, Polio, Rubella or Mumps in recent memory, but they did see a case of Chicken Pox last year, and a few Haemophilus influenzae type B infections in the recent past.
Considering the threshold for maintaining a "herd immunity effect" to prevent measles is 94%, the two-thirds of parents at Wildwood who did immunize their children deserve to know what's up with the one-third who may not have.
Actually, everyone in town deserves to know.
USA Today data base has Wildwood at slightly lower numbers than state report