In our occasional series on upstart businesses we take you to Laramie to tell you about a software company that is making a dent in the world of medicine. Mona Gamboa started Happy Jack Software in 2004 after she left her software job in Texas to join her husband who took a job at the University of Wyoming. Gamboa got a Master in Science in E Business from U-W and started Happy Jack software in the U-W Student Union. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.
Wyoming has seen an increase in the number of exemptions it grants for required vaccines in children aged 4, 5 and 6 over the last five years.
In 2010, the state granted 168 exemptions, which represents about 2.2 percent of kindergartners that year. In 2006, the state granted 54 exemptions at those ages, or about 0.8 percent of kindergartners. In 2010, Wyoming added vaccinations for chickenpox and a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough to the list of required shots for students.