Written by By Robyn Dixon, CNN
Florida-based Disney Cruise Line will require parents to vaccinate their children to ride on one of its ship.
The ride — a one-night visit to Walt Disney World that is entirely designated for families with young children — will require minors ages five and under to be fully vaccinated for hepatitis B and whooping cough, in addition to a series of shots in any other required vaccinations.
The move comes a week after Carnival Cruise Lines became the first cruise line to require children ages 5 and younger to be vaccinated for whooping cough and hepatitis B.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), whooping cough is one of the most common diseases among young children, particularly in the United States.
“WHO recommends that the first dose of whooping cough vaccine be given to infants between 4 and 12 months of age,” the organization says on its website. “Infants should continue to receive whooping cough vaccine throughout their childhood, unless they have a medical condition that would preclude it.”
WHO says the organization recommends vaccinations for influenza in children around the age of 11 months and for tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (whooping cough) for children between six months and four years old.
This is a far more stringent set of mandatory vaccinations than what is currently required by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC does not, as Disney will be doing, mandate vaccination for children between the ages of five and 17. Instead, the CDC recommends certain vaccinations, including one for tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis, and for diphtheria-tetanus combination vaccine.
That is in addition to the MMR vaccine for children and adolescents, measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and the chicken pox vaccine.
Before that, the CDC has not required any dose of whooping cough vaccine for children under five years old.
Now Disney has not only adopted the CDC recommendation, it has done so in a much more stringent form.
Guests are charged a US$10 daily fee for a one-night, in-house cruise package for children ages 5 and under who are not vaccinated.