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Back to school vaccinations

1 year 10 months 5 days ago July 21, 2015 Jul 21, 2015 Tuesday, July 21 2015 July 21, 2015 10:11 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Joe Hagan

BATON ROUGE- Children everywhere are getting ready to head back to school, but school supplies isn't the only thing kids need to start the year off right. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reminding parents and guardians to make sure their children are up to date on all their vaccinations.

This morning, Dr. Marilyn Renaud stopped by 2une In to tell News 2's Kylie Dixon more about the importance of vaccinations.

The DHH says vaccines are safe, effective and help protect other children from getting sick. They are considered one of the most successful and cost-effective tools against childhood sickness.

Louisiana law requires children ages 4 and older and entering kindergarten, pre-k or Head Start programs have proof they've received the following vaccinations:

A booster dose of poliovirus vaccine (IPV)
2 doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR)
3 doses of hepatitis vaccine (HBV)
2 doses of varicella vaccine (Var)
A booster dose of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP)

Children ages 11 and older who are entering the sixth grade must have proof of the following vaccinations:

Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine
Tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)

If your child is uninsured you can visit parish health units to get them vaccinated. You can see a list of parish health units close to you on the DHH's interactive parish map.

 

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