Peak flu season typically starts in January and flu shots take about two weeks to become effective.
For public schools in Indiana, the rules for vaccinations are simple. But with private schools, it’s a little more complicated.
A letter recently stirred up a controversy by encouraging parents to vaccinate their kids against the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
Monroe County consistently ranks high in Indiana for children vaccination rates, and area officials plan to continue that progress.
The proposed House bill set a goal for the state to have 80 percent of 13 -15 year olds vaccinated against HPV by 2020.
The FDA approved the HPV vaccine seven years ago, but Indiana's vaccination rate still lags behind other states.
The Indiana State Department of Health will require all schoolchildren to get two chickenpox vaccinations.