Source: The State (SC)
By: Self, Jamie
Starting this fall, South Carolina will require all rising seventh graders to prove they have been vaccinated against whooping cough on or after their seventh birthday. The move comes at a time of a recent spike in cases of the disease. Reported cases have risen since 1998, with spikes of 413 and 404 in 2005 and 2010, respectively. The state also plans to make participation in an immunization-reporting system mandatory for health care providers. Legislators are concerned about a decline in childhood immunizations. “If we stay on this course, some diseases we thought were near eradication could resurface,” says state Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg), a member of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children.