DODEA needles students into getting flu shots
The seasonal influenza vaccination is mandatory for the first time this school year for nearly 73,000 students at all 167 Department of Defense Education Activity schools worldwide.
The requirement was already in place in Europe, where U.S. European Command mandated the flu vaccine for DOD personnel, including school-age dependents at Europe-based defense schools, beginning with the 2010-11 school year.
But this is the first year that all schools — Europe included — have been given a specific compliance deadline.
When DODEA officials announced the new agencywide policy in September, it gave students until Dec. 1 to get vaccinated or obtain an exemption approval.
Students as a “last, last resort” could be disenrolled from school for failing to get the vaccine or obtaining an approved waiver in communities where the immunization is readily available, said DODEA Europe spokesman Will Griffin.
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