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DHH asks parents to ensure vaccinations are current

1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago July 16, 2015 Jul 16, 2015 Thursday, July 16 2015 July 16, 2015 9:11 AM in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

BATON ROUGE- With the beginning of a new school year quickly approaching, state health regulators are urging parents to make sure their children have received all required vaccinations.

State officials say Louisiana law requires children, ages 4 or older and entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten or Head Start programs, to have proof of receiving the following vaccinations:

- booster dose of poliovirus vaccine

- two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine

- three doses of hepatitis vaccine

- two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine

- booster dose of diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

Children in daycare also need to be up-to-date with their age-appropriate immunizations. Children 11 or older and entering the sixth grade must have proof they received all the age-appropriate immunizations listed above, as well as vaccinations for meningitis and Tdap.

Louisiana does have a religious exemption for vaccinations.

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