On Friday Gray Lewis, a spokesman of Ohio State University, said that students at Ohio State University who are joining the institution will be required to provide proof of vaccination for measles as well as other diseases which are communicable starting this August adding that around 12,000 students who will be allowed to seek vaccination exemptions based on their medical, religious as well as their philosophical grounds.
For the new students joining the University, they will be required to provide proof of vaccination against tetanus, polio, pertussis, diphtheria, rubella, chicken pox, mumps, and hepatitis B, Lewis said.
All states in the U.S. require that students to undergo a certain type of vaccination, that said there are roughly 20 extended exemptions for a range of conditions including health as well as personal belief, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Last year, a mumps outbreak spread to surrounding areas reaching almost 500 people in the school. By comparison, the county of Franklin usually records single mumps cases a year.
According to Lewis the decision which was reached upon by the school which seeks to ensure that all students in the university have been vaccinated was reached upon after consultation with the state, city, federal and school experts.
It is also good to note that the state of Ohio does not require vaccination for students to be enrolled in a university and thus students who will reporting back to school as well as staff, faculty and students at satellite campuses will not be required to give vaccination reports.
Lewis added that students who intend on leaving in the housing which are offered by the campus will be required to provide proof of meningitis vaccination.