Get Children Vaccinated Before Sending Them Back to School
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on July 14, 2014 @ 7:04PM
Created on July 14, 2014 @ 6:00PM
Health officials believe it's never too early to start thinking about getting children ready to return to school. That's why the state Bureau for Public Health wants local residents to check on vaccine requirements for their children.
Whether kids are preparing to step foot in a West Virginia school for the first time, or they're moving to a new grade, there's a list vaccinations kids in the state need to have before attending school.
For example, kids in grades kindergarten through 12 who are new to the state must be vaccinated for DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis B. In addition, seventh graders and high school seniors are required to show proof of having a dose of the Tdap vaccine. High school seniors who have received one dose of the meningitis vaccine before their 16th birthday must also show they've received the second round as well.
Kids who aren't up to date with vaccinations can be given a temporary pass, but it's not always easy to get. Officials also claim it doesn't give individuals a lot of time to get vaccinated. That's why parents are urged to get the ball rolling now.
Jeff Necuzzi is the Director of Immunization Services for the Bureau for Public Health. He said, "If they're not able to get them in those minimal time frames then the child is going to miss days of school until they can get the required vaccinations."
Health officials are also recommending parents begin the immunization process early because doctors tend to get busy during this time of year.
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