Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:26 AM
BATON ROUGE - Students must be up-to-date on their vaccinations when they return to school.
Louisiana law requires children age four or older who are entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, daycare or Head Start programs this year must have proof they have received a booster dose of Poliovirus vaccine (IPV), two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine (MMR), three doses of Hepatitis vaccine (HBV), two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine (Var) and a booster dose of Diphtheria Tetanus Acellular Pertussis vaccine (DtaP).
Children who are 11 or older and are entering the sixth grade this year must have proof they have received all of the age-appropriate immunizations listed above, and at this age, children also need proof of receiving the meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine and the Tetanus Diphtheria Acellular Pertussis vaccine (Tdap).
Vaccines have proven safe and effective in preventing illness and death from many infectious diseases.
Parents should contact their child's doctor to have children vaccinated and receive copies of their immunization records.