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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The number of parents seeking religious exemptions to Iowa vaccination requires is still climbing despite health officials’ efforts to ease concerns about the shots. Don Callaghan with the Iowa Public Health Department told The Des Moines Register that “it’s not the trend we want to be seeing.”
A new state report says more than 6,700 Iowa schoolchildren obtained religious exemptions to vaccinations this school year, up 13 percent from the year before and more than four times the number 15 years ago. Iowa doesn’t make parents cite specific religious teachings for exemptions. The state merely requires a signed statement that immunization “conflicts with a genuine and sincere religious belief.”
About 1.3 percent of Iowa schoolchildren now have religious exemptions to vaccination, compared with a national average of 1.5 percent.
A new push to guard against meningitis outbreaks in Iowa is included in a budget bill awaiting Governor Branstad’s review. Bacterial meningitis is serious and can be deadly. It causes tissue surrounding the brain and the spinal cord to swell. Representative Rob Taylor of West Des Moines is all too familiar with it.
“My oldest daughter who is in dental school now actually had it when she was 18 days old, nearly died. That’s why part of the reason why it’s very close to my heart,” Taylor says. “I think it’s very important that we have junior high, high school and adults vaccinated specifically against meningitis, so that we’re not exposing unneeded risk to our smallest — our toddlers and our infants.”
Iowa is one of 11 states that do not require teenagers to be vaccinated. “We’re ripe for an outbreak,” Taylor says. The Centers for Disease Control recommends kids get the meningitis vaccine by the age of 12 and then get a booster shot when they’re 16. “You get a shot at the 7th grade level and the 12th grade level, preparing our kids to go off and live in dorms or go into the military and it has a zero percent death rate,” Taylor says.
If Governor Branstad signs off on the proposal, 7th graders and 12th graders will have to show they’ve gotten the meningitis vaccine, or they won’t be able to enroll in school. Meningitis is highly contagious, according to Taylor. “And very devastating to the community that gets it because if there’s one that has, it can spread rapidly,” Taylor says. About four-thousand cases of meningitis are reported in the U.S. each year.
At the end of March a student at St. Ambrose University was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Nearly 80 percent of American teenagers get a first dose of the meningitis vaccine. In Iowa, only 64 percent get it. That’s 11-and-a-half percent lower than Minnesota and about 13 percent lower than Illinois. South Dakota’s governor just signed a bill requiring 7th and 12th graders to show they’ve been vaccinated before they may enroll in school.
The Rolling Valley Girls Golf Championships were held Tuesday at Atlantic Golf and Country Club in Atlantic.
Atlantic Girls Tennis v SW Valley 5-10-16 4:30 pm
Atlantic 8 SW Valley 1
1. Jena Brosam 11 (A) def Brittany Westlake 11 (SW) 8-6
2. Olivia Davis 11 (A) def Sydney Dimmler 12 (SW) 8-4
3. Ashtyn Grossnickle 12 (SW) def Kyja Arnold 11 (A) 8-3
4. Heather Freund 10 (A) def Jacy Shafer 11 (SW) 8-3
5. Carly Westphalen 11 (A) def Danielle Wetzel 10 (SW) 8-1
6. Alexis Boes 11 (A) def Katie Herman 9 (SW) 8-3
1. Davis/Arnold (A) def Westlake/Grossnickle (SW) 8-3
2. Brosam/Boes (A) def Dimmler/Shafer (SW) 8-4
3. HFreund/ Westphalen (A) def Wetzel/Herman (SW) 8-0
**Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10-a.m. for Cass, Adair, Adams, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pott., Ringgold, Taylor & Union Counties**
Today: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. High near 68. SE winds becoming NW this afternoon @ 10-20. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: Shwrs ending during the evening. P/Cldy. Low 48. NW @ 10-15.
Tomorrow: P/Cldy & windy. High near 68. W/NW @ 10-20 w/gusts to near 30.
Friday: P/Cldy to Cldy w/a slight chance of showers. High 64. ,
Saturday: P/Cldy. High near 64.
Tuesday’s High in Atlantic was 77. Our 24-hour Low thru 7-a.m. today was 55. We received a Trace of rain this morning, between 6:30 and 7-a.m. Last year on this date, our High in Atlantic was 50 and the low was 39. The All-time Record High in Atlantic on this date was 95 in 2000. The Record Low was 27 in 1891,1946 & 1981.
The Hawkeye Ten Conference Boys Tennis Championships were held Tuesday at the Red Oak Sports Complex after being postponed Monday.
Number One Singles
Number One Doubles
Number Two Singles
Number Two Doubles
Atlantic results 16H10boys.
The Hawkeye Ten Conference Girls Golf Championships were held Tuesday at Fox Run Golf Course in Council Bluffs after being moved back from Monday. Atlantic had the tournament Medalist and Runner-Up on their way to the team title.
Other Atlantic Scores
McKenna DenBeste 95 (13th)
Sarah Fixmer 95 (14th)
Baylee Newell 100 (20th)
Brooke Newell, Erin Olsen, and Alyssa Ginther are all named 1st Team All-Conference with their top 5 finishes.
Notes from Head Coach Kathy Hobson: “Winning the conference tournament was a definite team effort – all 6 of our girls shot 100 strokes or less.
The Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund has donated $1000 to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA’s 2016 Annual Campaign as a Chairman’s Roundtable Member. Officials with the Y say “Thank you for ‘Answering the Call.’ Every gift makes a difference. Everyone has a role to play, thank you to Trevor’s family and the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund for playing that role. ”
“Together, with people and organizations like the TFred Memorial who “Answer The Call” the Nishna Valley YMCA says they can achieve so much more. If you would like to donate to the Annual Campaign you can stop at the front desk of the YMCA, or for more details about the Annual Campaign call Michelle at 243-3934.
Officials with TS Banking Group, in Treynor, Tuesday, announced an agreement has been reached to acquire a bank in Corning. TS entered into the purchase agreement with Blue Grass Bancorporation, Inc., in Corning, to acquire the Okey-Vernon 1st National Bank, with banking assets of $85-million.
TS Banking Group is a joint venture between Treynor Bancshares, Inc., the bank holding company of Treynor State Bank, with banking assets of $290-million, and TS Contrarian Bancshares, Inc., the bank holding company of The Bank of Tioga (North Dakota), with banking assets of $300-million. The TS Banking Group is headquartered in Treynor.
Okey-Vernon 1st National Bank’s name will be changed to TS Bank, and become part of the TS Bank branch network.