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250 Albuquerque students don't meet vaccine requirements

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A Pakistani health worker gives polio vaccine to a child at a bus terminal in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP):

The Albuquerque public school district's move to enforce New Mexico's vaccination requirement resulted in at least 250 students being kept out of school.

Citing concerns about measles, the district had sent letters home to parents on February 10 notifying them that students would not be allowed to attend school if they lacked current vaccinations and proof on file at schools by February 20.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 250 students didn't meet the requirements and either stayed home or were sent home Monday.

District spokesman Rigo Chavez said the number is likely to be higher because it didn't include reports from 20 of the district's 149 schools.

New Mexico requires

children to be vaccinated for measles, but also allows parents to exempt their children on medical or religious grounds.