School districts across Indiana are rushing to get records up to date on students‘ immunizations. A state mandate gives school districts roughly twenty days from the start of the school year to get all students immunized.
Deadlines vary according to school size and population. Indianapolis Public Schools students are required to have all of their immunizations on or before September 17.
All districts are required to submit their immunization information by November 1, and immunizations are required for grades K-12.
“We stress that parents have their children immunized to protect against vaccine preventable diseases,” Indiana Department of Health Director of Immunizations Dave McCormick says. “By going ahead and having their children immunized they prevent loss of school days, time from work and also just to also protect the health of the child.”
Health officials say it‘s not only a personal health issue, but also a public health issue. Many students come to school lacking shots, which means nurses are busy during the first part of the school year.
There are exemptions allowed for religious or medical reasons.