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Vaccine activities: A variety of activities about vaccinations await State Fair visitors at the Minnesota Department of Health's booth in the Education Building of the Minnesota State Fair.
Vaccine activities: A variety of activities about vaccinations await State Fair visitors at the Minnesota Department of Health's booth in the Education Building of the Minnesota State Fair.Courtesy Minnesota Department of Health
Think you can get away from Science Buzz by going to the Minnesota State Fair? Think again. You'll have three different opportunities to see Science Buzz exhibits if you visit the Fair through Labor Day.

At the Education Building, the Minnesota Department of Health will be presenting hands-on and digital activities about the importance of vaccinations. Those activities are available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Visitors to the Eco Experience building can learn about new data and trends on climate change at a computer kiosk being presented by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Science Buzz. It is also open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Here's a link to those pages if you can't make it to the Fair.

Also, on Friday, Aug. 29, faculty from the University of Minnesota's Institute for Math and its Applications will be showing a number of hands-on math activities at the university's exhibit building, including the popular Traveling Salesman Problem game board. They will also be presenting from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day. Here's a link to the Buzz's online content on the Traveling Salesman Problem.

Nov
19
2007

Vaccinations required: Prince Georges County officials in Maryland are backing up vaccination requirements for school students there by threatening to put non-complying parents in jail.
Vaccinations required: Prince Georges County officials in Maryland are backing up vaccination requirements for school students there by threatening to put non-complying parents in jail.Courtesy cooling
How far should government authorities go in requiring parents to have their school-aged kids properly vaccinated? It’s a question that’s been kicked around here before on Science Buzz, but last weekend, the ante was upped on this matter in Maryland.

Prince George’s County officials summoned parents and the kids needing shots to court on Saturday. The choice was simple: get updated on the shots on the spot at a clinic set-up at the courthouse or that parents could spend ten days in jail.

Authorities decided to get real serious on the matter after discovering more than 2,000 students in the county were still lacking their required vaccinations.

Parents also had the option of providing the proper paperwork at the courthouse to show that their kids did, indeed, have the proper shots that they needed.

The message did get through fast. Even before Saturday’s court session, more than half of the students needing vaccinations had received their shots. At the courthouse, 101 more students received shots while another 71 produced papers showing they had previously received the proper shots.

So far, no prosecutions have been made on families that have failed to get the shots. According to the plan, students who don’t have immunizations will be expelled from school until they get their vaccinations and their parents will face truancy charges in court, which could lead to a ten-day jail sentence.

Among the maladies that students need to vaccinated for are polio, mumps and measles along with high school students being vaccinated for hepatitis B and chicken pox.

So what do you think? Is this too harsh of a way to encourage public health compliance? Or is it the proper motivation to get people to take care of a needed job? Share your thoughts here with other Science Buzz readers.