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14:28  09 may  2019
14:28  09 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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An 18-year-old student who was banned by his school for refusing to take the chickenpox vaccine has now contracted the disease. Jerome Kunkel of Kentucky in the US has not been allowed back to his school since March 15, when a chickenpox outbreak prompted officials to order unvaccinated

Students who weren't vaccinated , or were not immune, were asked to stay out of school for at least 21 days after the Teen who refused chickenpox vaccine says school is limiting his activities. So he's suing . "Their ban didn't stop these kids from going to church together," Wiest said Wednesday.

An 18-year-old student who was banned by his school for refusing to take the chickenpox vaccine has now contracted the disease.

Jerome Kunkel of Kentucky in the US has not been allowed back to his school since March 15, when a chickenpox outbreak prompted officials to order unvaccinated students to keep away.

Due to his conservative religious beliefs, Mr Kunkel refused the vaccination, and has since sued the school for refusing him access.

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An 18-year-old Kentucky student sued his school after it banned him for refusing to take the chickenpox vaccine on religious grounds, only to contract the disease.

A Northern Kentucky student is suing the local health department after he was told he couldn't come to school or play sports because he hasn't received the chickenpox vaccine amid an outbreak at the school . Jerome Kunkel, 18, is suing the Northern Kentucky Health Department and its employees

But, his lawyer confirmed, he has now contracted chickenpox and will be free to return once his symptoms have cleared.

Student who refused chickenpox vaccine contracts illness after suing school that banned him © Provided by ABC Health "These are deeply held religious beliefs, they're sincerely held beliefs," attorney Christopher Weist told NBC News.

"From their perspective, they always recognized they were running the risk of getting it, and they were OK with it."

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Some religions are against the chickenpox vaccination because the initial vaccine was developed by scientists in the 1960s using matter from two aborted foetuses.

Both parties still stand by their initial stances — Mr Weist said "the ban was stupid", while health officials claimed he was "downplaying the dangers of the chickenpox".

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A Kentucky student is suing his local health department after it barred students who aren't immunized against the chickenpox from attending school and canceled extracurricular activities during an outbreak that has affected 32 people.

A Northern Kentucky teen who refuses chickenpox vaccine sues health officials who banned him from school , sports. An 18-year-old Catholic high school student who has not been vaccinated against chickenpox filed a lawsuit this past week against the Northern Kentucky Health Department.

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Student who refused chickenpox vaccine contracts illness after suing school that banned him

"Encouraging the spread of an acute infectious disease in a community demonstrates a callous disregard for the health and safety of friends, family, neighbours, and unsuspecting members of the general public," Laura Brinson of the Northern Kentucky Health Department said in a statement.

"When introduced in an unvaccinated population, the virus can rapidly spread, causing serious, even deadly consequences, to people who are particularly at risk, such as infants, adolescents, pregnant women, and adults and children with weakened immune systems, including those receiving cancer treatment."

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