WALTON, KY (WLWT / NBC) – A family from Kentucky is challenging their health department because of a problem with the chickenpox vaccine.
Bill Kunkel says his son Jerome, 18, is being discriminated against because of his religious beliefs regarding a chickenpox vaccine.
Jerome is a student at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart / Assumption Academy in Walton, Kentucky.
The school was recently the site of a chickenpox outbreak and additional precautions were taken to stop the spread of the disease.
All students without proof of vaccination or proof of chickenpox immunity may not go to school until 21 days after the start of the result for the last sick student or staff member.
All school activities will also be canceled until that time.
Jerome Kunkel is a basketball player. He said that he was told that he could not practice sport, but that he was allowed to go to school after the required waiting time.
"The fact that I can't finish my last year in basketball like, our last few games, it's pretty devastating. I mean, you're going to play basketball in high school for four years, you're looking forward to your final year," he said.
"I don't believe in that vaccine at all and they're trying to force it on us," says Bill Kunkel. He says that faith is derived from his Christian faith.
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