Kentucky student who sued over chickenpox vaccination now has chickenpox

Kentucky student who sued over chickenpox vaccination now has chickenpox

Kentucky student who sued over chickenpox vaccination now has chickenpox

The lawyer for a Kentucky high school student who wasn't allowed to participate in school activities because he wasn't vaccinated for chickenpox says his client has now contracted the illness. Kunkel plans to seek a jury trial and ask for monetary damages, Wiest said.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department excluded unvaccinated students from classes and extracurricular activities from March 14.

The student had opposed the vaccine on religious grounds.

The teenager's father, Bill Kunkel, said the vaccines were derived from aborted foetuses, which went against his family's religious beliefs.

A Kentucky judge sided with the health department in April, saying the 18-year-old did not have a right to play sports.

On Tuesday, Wiest confirmed Kunkel now has chickenpox, WKYT's sister station, WXIX in Cincinnati, reports. Wiest's comments are dismissive of the severity of this virus, and his recent announcement that he is advising his clients to actively contract the virus so that they can become individually immune to it is deeply concerning to the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is an acute infectious disease. It can be serious in babies, adolescents, people with weakened immune system, adults and pregnant women.

"While the tactic Wiest suggests may provide an individual with future immunity from chickenpox, this infected person can easily spread the virus to other, unsuspecting people, including those particularly vulnerable to this potentially life-threatening infection", the department said.

A U.S. teenager who took legal action against his school after he was banned for refusing the chickenpox vaccination now has the virus, his lawyer says.

An unvaccinated teen who was banned from school during a chickenpox outbreak now has chickenpox himself, his lawyer says.

Two dozen other students joined Kunkel's lawsuit. "Our first concern is always protection of the public health and implementing reasonable, medically-approved control measures that are created to safeguard our region's population, including those who are most vulnerable to the threat of infectious disease".