Health officials remind parents of immunization requirements

2013-07-30T12:05:00Z 2013-07-30T21:49:21Z Health officials remind parents of immunization requirementsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
July 30, 2013 12:05 pm  • 

State health officials are reminding parents of new immunization requirements for their children to enter school this fall.

For the coming school year, all students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have proof documenting two valid doses of the chickenpox vaccine or documented history of the chickenpox disease.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade need to have their chickenpox disease history documented by a health care provider.

“We experienced multiple outbreaks of chickenpox around (the) state during the last school year,” said Indiana State Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joan Duwve. “This new requirement will help stop the spread of this preventable disease and keep kids healthy and in school.”

Duwve recommends students also receive the following immunizations if they have not already, although they are not required for school entry: two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine, yearly flu vaccine, three-dose series of the HPV vaccine and a booster dose of meningitis vaccine for those 16 to 18 years old.

Parents can get immunization records from their health care provider or visit www.MyVaxIndiana.in.gov to print their child’s official immunization record from home by using a personal identification number. Indiana school immunization requirements are posted on the Indiana State Department of Health website, www.state.in.us/isdh/17094.htm.

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