Health officials remind parents of required school immunizations

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The Indiana State Department of Health is reminding parents that immunizations are essential when it comes to your “Back to School” checklist.

“It’s important to make sure your child’s vaccinations are up to date, not only to prevent disease now, but to ensure good health into the future,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. 

For the 2018-19 school year, immunization requirements have changed.

Two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine are now required for K-4, 6 and 12. Two doses are recommended for all other grades.

In addition, health officials ask parents to make sure their child is current with the following recommended vaccines:

  •  An annual influenza vaccine 
  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine 
  • Two doses of the meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) vaccine for students entering grade 12. Some Indiana universities require this vaccine for incoming students.

For a complete list of immunization requirements, click here.

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(This story was originally published August 6, 2018)

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