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What Vaccinations Your Child Needs Before Starting School

State law is requiring additional vaccinations this year for school-aged children.

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Students entering the sixth grade must have a Tdap vaccination, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough).

Children starting school this week and next are being required to have more vaccinations this school year.

Two doses of the Hepatitis A vaccine are now required for all incoming kindergarten students, and those two doses must be at least six months apart.

“It‘s kind of a national trend, and what we found is that when we required two doses for children, you virtually eliminate Hepatitis A in adults, says Melissa McMasters, the Marion County Public Health Department immunization coordinator.

Students entering sixth grade are required to have a Tdap vaccine, a meningitis vaccine and two shots for chicken pox before the first day of school.

A new requirement for incoming high school seniors includes second immunization for meningitis, which is aimed at reducing the cases of meningitis at colleges where the disease is more likely to spread in dormitories.

Here’s the full list of required vaccinations.

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  • Jess

    Unfortunately people can still claim exemptions! I don’t know what the Indiana exemption options are, but it needs to only be for health or allergy reasons and nothing else.

  • Warwick Dumas

    Most people that object, do so on health grounds, not that it’s any of the state’s business. Human rights should come first. Fortunate that the Book of Exodus is on the same side as human rights and in Indiana that is what objections are based upon. You might not have the right to your own person, in an apartheid against youth, but at least a family can still have the right to have a religion.

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