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Get Children Vaccinated Before Sending Them Back to School

7/15/2014

WDTV-TV
Clarksburg, WV
By jared Pelletier
July 14, 2014

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.

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