Time for back-to-school immunizations

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

With the approaching school year, children in childcare, preschool and kindergarten through 12th grades are required by law to receive certain immunizations designed to protect the student and those around him or her from diseases.

According to the Barry County Health Department, the immunizations needed for children entering childcare, preschool or kindergarten through 12th grades are the same as last year.

For children in childcare or preschool, the immunizations needed are: diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) or diptheria and tetanus (DT); pneumococcal (PCV); polio (IPV); hepatitis B; haemophilus influenza type B (HiB); measles, mumps and rubella (MMR); and varicella or chickenpox.

Children in kindergarten through 12th grades must have several booster immunizations before the beginning of the school year. These booster shots are: DTaP or DT; pertussis (Tdap); IPV; hepatitis B; MMR; and chickenpox.

According to state regulations, children must have all required immunizations up to date or they cannot attend classes. An immunization record must be presented at the child's childcare or school enrollment.

For more information regarding the required immunizations for the coming school year, call the Barry County Health Department's Cassville office at 847-2114 or Monett office at 417-354-8686.

Information can also be found online at www.health.mo.gov/living/wellness/immunizations.

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