Few states require measles vaccine for teachers

(WTNH) — While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been on teachers getting vaccinated.

In most states there are no laws that say which vaccines teachers and school staff are required to get. Some states provide a list of recommended vaccines, but there is no requirement or followup for teachers to receive them.

“I find this very worrisome,” said ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. “Measles is something we knocked out in the year 2000. Most people think of measles as a disease just for children, but that’s not what they’re seeing here.”

Close to 100 children have been diagnosed with measles nationwide.

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