The state is far behind the nation when it comes to vaccinating their kids.
Schools in Ohio are struggling to get students vaccinated and keep track of those who are immunized.
The Dayton Daily News reports that 75 percent of Ohio elementary schools have failed to document every incoming kindergartener as vaccinated or exempt from vaccination by the state deadline this school year. At 158 schools, at least 30 percent of students started the 2016-17 school year without documentation of all needed shots.
Health officials say students who don’t receive shots put people who cannot be vaccinated in jeopardy. Officials say babies and children with compromised immune systems are among the vulnerable population.
“For herd immunity, we actually need to see those numbers be much higher,” said Melissa Wervey Arnold, CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics Ohio chapter.
Herd immunity refers to the belief that the more people in a community who are immunized, the more protected the entire community is.
The Daily News reports that some 60 percent of Ohio schools have been meeting the herd immunity level in the last three years.
The state does not have the authority to force schools to report their vaccine records.