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Illinois Schools to Require Additional Immunizations

Updated:
ILLINOIS -- When your kids head back
to school this fall, they're going to need some additional shots. There
are new immunization requirements going into effect this coming school
year.

Officials with the state health department say each student
will need to show proof of receiving a second dose of the measles,
mumps and rubella vaccine.

Students entering kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades will be required to receive a second dose of the chicken pox vaccine.

"You're
seeing cases again even with kids that have been vaccinated with one
dose or have missed vaccinations for one reason or another, and this
second dose will just ensure better coverage for those that receive it,"
said Bill Moran of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

There
will be an additional mandatory vaccine added to the required list for
the 2015-2016 school year that prevents a certain type of meningitis.

Students
will be required to show proof of receiving that vaccine before
starting sixth grade and a second dose before entering the 12th grade. Illinois Schools to Require Additional Immunizations


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