Thursday, May 28, 2009

Immunization Requirements Changing for Students in Fall 2009

Louisiana has issued new vaccination requirements for students, effective this coming 2009-2010 school year.

In addition to the scheduled immunizations already required in state law, two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine will be required for children four years and older who are entering kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, daycare or HeadStart programs in the fall. Also, children who are 11 years old or are entering the sixth grade must have proof of all age-appropriate immunizations, including a new meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine requirement.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is working closely with schools to collect students’ immunization data to monitor and ensure kids are on their proper vaccination schedules.

State law already requires standard immunizations for diseases like hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella for all children depending on their age.

Louisiana residents needing a copy of their immunization record or their child’s record can get a copy from any parish health unit, regardless of where the shots were received or where the individual currently resides.

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