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Louisville Students Lack Proof Of Vaccination, Risking A Measles Outbreak

Thousands of Jefferson County students went to classes this year without their schools ever knowing if they were vaccinated against measles or other highly contagious diseases.

A Courier Journal analysis of vaccination reports found that more than 4,300 students attending Jefferson County Public Schools had no record as of March that they received their shots for measles, mumps and rubella.

That’s despite a state law requiring students to hand in those records within two weeks of enrollment. 

District officials say some simply may have not turned over their documents despite schools’ reminders. In addition, roughly 500 JCPS students have medical or religious exemptions, as the law allows.