Jefferson County has an exclusion rate of 15% of students

The statewide rate of exclusion, unvaccinated students excluded from school, is 20%.

Vaccine exclusion day across the state was Feb. 15, 2023. This is the day students must either be up to date on all vaccinations or have exemptions, or they cannot attend school.

"When children aren't vaccinated for these diseases they're much more susceptible to them," said Helen Bicart, who administers and manages vaccinations at Jefferson County Public Health. "It keeps the rest of us safe. Measles can cause death, you can get liver damage from things like Hepatitis, there's all kinds of medical consequences."