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VAIL, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Vail School District had to send some students away from campus in the midst of a pertussis outbreak.  The district has had 25 whooping cough cases this year.  At a meeting with parents at the Empire High School library Thursday night, yhe district said that the spread appears to be slowing down.

The vaccination rate in Vail is about 95 percent in Kindergarten and high school, which is above the state average, and just below the state average 90 percent for middle school. 

Some parents said that they felt that their students have been singled out for not being vaccinated,  when the whooping cough cases in Vail have been among those with vaccinations.  Pima County Health said that those who have been vaccinated still have a much smaller chance of catching or spreading the cough, which is why the unvaccinated students have been kept at an off campus site for school and even kept from events.

"The key thing that I always try to communicate to those parents is we really aren't trying to punish you or punish your children, we want to make sure that you and your child are healthy, and don't end up getting this thing that you're not protected against," said Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, director of the Pima County Health Department.

Unvaccinated students from Sycamore Elementary have been at an off-campus site since the middle of last month.  The district said Thursday the students should return to campus just before winter break.

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