Vaccination requirements for students heading back to school

State News

COLUMBUS (WCMH/WFLA) — If you have kids attending public schools, you want to be sure your student is up to date on their vaccinations and now is the time to get that done.

The biggest vaccine year parents need to worry about is mainly for first time students starting kindergarten. Most of the vaccines needed are common ones that most have heard of. They are: vaccines for pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis b just to name a few.

After students are vaccinated and ready for kindergarten, most times the next round of shots doesn’t happen until the 7th grade.

Parents can opt out for religious reasons but it’s not recommended. 

According to the Ohio Department of Health’s website, in some cases if a child attends a school where an outbreak of disease occurs, such as chicken pox or pertussis, any child that has a religious exemption would be excluded from school for 21 days after the last known case is diagnosed in the affected school.

Your local health department’s website allows you to see all the vaccines needed and check to see which one’s your child specifically still needs. You can check that out here.

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