SC among 17 states with pre-school immunization rates below 90 percent

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Measles may be more of a threat than some parents realize in South Carolina.

The state is one of 17 with measles (MMR) immunization rates below 90 percent for pre-school children, according to an analysis released Wednesday by Trust for America's Health.

South Carolina's rate is 89.2 percent. According to a state health department spokesman, that means just over 89-percent of the preschoolers had at least one dose of the vaccine.

In the TFAH report, that placed the Palmetto State in a tie with Michigan for 41st place among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. New Hampshire came in first place at 96.8 percent, while Colorado, Ohio and West Virginia were in a three-way tie for the lowest rate at 86.0 percent.

The state's health department says there have been no cases of measles reported in South Carolina.

A separate survey of vaccination coverage for kindergarten shows a big jump in vaccination rates. That is 96.8 percent coverage for two doses of the vaccine.

Children in this state are required to be immunized in order to go to school, but parents can ask that their children be exempt from that requirement.

The Charleston County School District says 348 students in Charleston County have religious exemptions. Many are in East Cooper schools.

  • Academic Magnet High: 6
  • Angel Oak Elementary: 0
  • Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary: 11
  • Baptist Hill High: 0
  • Belle Hall Elementary: 3
  • Buist Academy: 9
  • Burke High School: 1
  • Burns Elementary: 0
  • Cario Middle School: 18
  • C.E. Williams Middle: 2
  • Chicora Elementary: 2
  • Charleston Progressive: 1
  • Clark Academy: 0
  • Corcoran Elementary: 2
  • Daniel Jenkins: 0
  • Drayton Hall Elementary: 8
  • Dunston Elementary: 0
  • Ellington Elementary: 0
  • Frierson Elementary: 0
  • Fort Johnson Middle: 3
  • Garrett Academy: 0
  • Goodwin Elementary: 2
  • Harbor View Elementary: 3
  • Haut Gap Middle: 1
  • Hunley Park Elementary: 1
  • Hursey Elementary: 3
  • J.B. Edwards Elementary: 8
  • James Island Elementary: 7
  • James Island Middle: 2
  • James Simmons: 10
  • Jane Edwards Elementary: 0
  • Jennie Moore Elementary: 5
  • Ladson Elementary: 11
  • Laing Middle: 8
  • Lambs Elementary: 1
  • Laurel Hill Primary: 25
  • Liberty Hill Academy: 0
  • Lincoln High: 0
  • M. LaSaine Elementary: 8
  • Mary Ford: 0
  • Meeting Street at Brentwood: 1
  • Memminger: 0
  • Midland Park: 1
  • Military Magnet: 4
  • Minnie Hughes Elementary: 0
  • Mitchell Elementary: 1
  • Montessori: 15
  • Morningside: 1
  • Moultrie Middle: 9
  • Mount Pleasant Academy: 9
  • Mount Zion: 0
  • North Charleston Creative Arts: 2
  • North Charleston Elementary: 0
  • North Charleston High: 0
  • Northwoods: 7
  • Oakland Elementary: 6
  • Pepperhill Elementary: 1
  • Pinckney Elementary: 23
  • Pinehurst Elementary: 2
  • Sanders Clyde Elementary: 0
  • SOA: 21
  • Springfield Elementary: 2
  • St. And ES M&S: 11
  • St. James Santee: 0
  • St. Johns High: 0
  • Stall High: 2
  • Stiles Point Elementary: 10
  • Stono Park Elementary: 0
  • Sullivans Island Elementary: 16
  • West Ashley Advanced Studies: 0
  • Wando High: 24
  • West Ashley High: 5
  • Whitesides Elementary: 13
  • Zucker: 1

Berkeley County school officials say 99.5 percent of students in their district have been inoculated for measles. About 170 students are exempt. The Berkeley County School District has not released a school-by-school breakdown of exemptions.

Dorchester District Two has 174 students with religious exemptions.

  • Allston Middle: 7
  • Ashley Ridge High: 11
  • Beech Hill Elementary: 19
  • Dubose Middle: Data not received
  • Eagles Nest Elementary: 13
  • Flowertown Elementary: 14
  • Fort Dorchester Elementary: 11
  • Fort Dorchester High: 6
  • Givhans Alternate Program: Data not received
  • Gregg Middle: 14
  • Joseph R. Pye Elementary: 14
  • Knightsville Elementary: 13
  • Newington Elementary: 8
  • Oakbrook Elementary: 15
  • Oakbrook Middle: 13
  • River Oaks Middle: 26
  • Rollings Middle School of the Arts: 5
  • Spann Elementary: 2
  • Summerville Elementary: 12
  • Summerville High: 10
  • William Reeves, Jr., Elementary: 15
  • Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary: 0

And in Dorchester District Four, there are 10 students with exemptions.

  • Clay Hill Elementary: 3
  • Harleyville Elementary: 0
  • Harleyville Ridgeville Middle: 0
  • St. George Middle: 1
  • Williams Memorial Elementary: 2
  • Woodland High: 4

The first dose of the vaccine for measles is recommended after reaching 12 months and a second dose is recommended between the ages of four and six.

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