Letter to the Editor: We need to immunize our students

This spring’s measles outbreak should concern all of us, but especially our state lawmakers.
For several years, Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL-Brooklyn Center) has tried to prevent this outbreak, authoring a bill that would require parents to talk to a doctor before getting an exemption to school vaccine requirements. Despite being warned that inaction would cause an outbreak like the measles outbreak Minnesota is currently experiencing, our lawmakers did nothing.
This outbreak is not just a concern for our Somali-American neighbors. Any community is at risk. In order to prevent a measles outbreak in our schools, they need to have 95 percent of their students immunized. Maranatha Christian Academy, for example, fall below that threshold with only 87 percent of kindergarteners vaccinated for measles. Unfortunately, Maranatha is not alone.
All of our lawmakers need to support Sen. Eaton’s efforts to change vaccine legislation, and the Anoka-Hennepin and Osseo school boards need to look at ways to boost immunization rates to protect our children and our community.
Artemis Buckley
Brooklyn Park