Indiana ranks in the bottom half of states for on-time infant vaccinations.
The goal is to make immunizations more available to the public and drive down health care costs.
Most new Indiana laws take effect on July 1 because the day marks the start of the state fiscal year.
School officials are trying to get students caught up on their vaccinations as school begins.
Nearly 12-percent of the state’s population is uninsured. Health care providers got to ask state officials about their plans to improve that statistic.
Many physicians have been sending insured patients to public health clinics, which receive government funded vaccines.
Students in Vigo County School Corporation who have not met new vaccination requirements by March 21 will kept out of school.
Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett says he’s ready to act as a facilitator in effort to vaccinate thousands of schoolchildren who still haven’t had their shots.
State health officials say Indiana is experiencing its largest outbreak of whooping cough, including two infant deaths, since 1959.
Almost 4,000 students in grades 6-12 remain unvaccinated in the Vigo County School Corporation, despite new state regulations.