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Kingman schools below ‘herd immunity’ to prevent measles

Health officials recommend a 95% vaccination rate in order for “herd immunity” to be effective, but not one kindergarten class in Kingman is at that level. Manzanita Elementary comes closest in KUSD with nearly 92% vaccinated for measles. (Photo by Vanessa Espinoza/Daily Miner)

Health officials recommend a 95% vaccination rate in order for “herd immunity” to be effective, but not one kindergarten class in Kingman is at that level. Manzanita Elementary comes closest in KUSD with nearly 92% vaccinated for measles. (Photo by Vanessa Espinoza/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN – In order for children to start on their first day of school, they must be vaccinated. However, in Arizona, parents and guardians can opt out of providing proof of vaccinations for medical reasons or personal beliefs.

In order for schools to prevent a measles outbreak, they need to have 95% of students in the school vaccinated. Anything below 95% causes the community to lose the protection of herd immunity.

The Arizona Republic developed a database that shows different schools with kindergarteners in the state that are at risk for a measles outbreak because they fall below the 95% mark.

The Arizona Republic measured its data through the Arizona schools that have more than 20 students enrolled – schools with fewer than 20 students were excluded for privacy concerns – all data collected was from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Here in Kingman, none of the schools meet the 95% “herd immunity” mark.

Kingman Unified School District

Manzanita Elementary School is the only school that hits above 90% with 91.9% of students with the MMR vaccine. More than 7% of its students are exempt from the MMR vaccine.

Black Mountain School in Golden Valley is the next school with the highest percentage of students vaccinated. Black Mountain has over 89% of students with the MMR vaccine and over 10% of students exempt.

With about 148 kindergarteners, Hualapai Elementary school has over 87% of its students vaccinated and nearly 13% of students don’t have the MMR vaccine.

Desert Willow is also over the 87% mark with students that have the MMR vaccine and near 13% that don’t.

La Senita Little Explorers has about 38 kindergarteners, and over 86% of them have the MMR vaccine with about 13% exempt from it.

Cerbat Elementary School has about 136 kindergarteners enrolled with 83% of them with the MMR vaccine and nearly 17% exempt from the MMR vaccine.

The database didn’t provide information for Mt. Tipton School.

Kingman Academy of Learning

Kingman Academy of Learning Primary campus has about 100 students enrolled. Ninety-one percent of kindergarteners have the MMR vaccine and 9% are exempt from having it.

Other schools

The database did not list information on students from Peach Springs School and Cedar Hills.

Nurses

The database also detailed whether schools had nurses or not. Superintendent Roger Jacks confirmed all the elementary schools in KUSD have some sort of health aid on campus.

Cerbat Elementary and Mt. Tipton have a health attendant. Manzanita Elementary, Desert Willow Elementary and La Senita Little Explorers have emergency medical technicians. Hualapai and Black Mountain have a licensed practical nurse.

The data showed KAOL primary school did not have a school nurse. The Daily Miner reached out to Susan Chan, KAOL executive director, to see if it has any sort of health aid on campus, but she did not respond before press time.

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