Tenn. Kids To Need More Vaccines For School 3-29-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

Tenn. Kids To Need More Vaccines For School 3-29-2010

Reported By Dennis Ferrier
NASHVILLE, Tenn.Tennessee kids are going to need more vaccines before school this fall.

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For the first time in more than a decade, the state changed its immunization requirements for school children. That means kids will get some shots earlier and will get more shots.
There are four new shots to get kids into pre-K and four extra shots by kindergarten.
Most pediatricians said they were already giving kids the shots on the new list.
Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Pneumococcal (meningitis, ear infections, pneumonia) and Haemophilus influenzae type B are new for preschoolers.
For children beginning school at kindergarten, they now need two doses of chicken pox vaccine, another two doses of hepatitis A and a final polio dose.
Middle school kids now must have a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis) booster, which is a new shot.
Children will also need to provide a certificate of immunization, which won't be available until April. Because this is new, however, the state is extending the grace period until Oct. 1.
Those who are on TennCare or don't have insurance can get the shots for free.
Two of the shots that didn't make the requirement list but had been considered are pre-teen meningitis and HPV cervical cancer immunization, which are both still elective.

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