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What Vaccinations Your Child Needs Before Starting School

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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