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Parents, Vaccinate children before school starts

7/18/2014

Times West Virginian
By Colleen S. Good

FAIRMONT — Though it may seem that summer has just arrived, school will soon be starting up again. Parents whose children are entering kindergarten, seventh or 12th grade, or who have moved to the county from out of state, should start thinking about making a doctor’s appointment to fulfill school immunization requirements.

Children who are entering a West Virginia school for the first time for kindergarten through grade 12 must show proof of having received the DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccines. Seventh-graders must show proof of receiving the Tdap and a dose of the meningitis vaccine. Twelfth-graders must show proof of receiving the Tdap and a second dose of the meningitis vaccine if their first dose was given before their 16th birthday.

Jeff Neccuzi, director of immunization services at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, said that parents should start making appointments with their doctors now.

“Pediatricians and family practice doctors get very busy this time of year,” Neccuzi said. “If you wait too long to get an appointment for your child, you might not get one in time.”

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