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Chicken pox vaccine in short supply

July 27, 2007

Albany -- Georgia school students who can't get a second dose of the chicken pox vaccine before school starts are eligible for 30 day waivers.

There is a national shortage of the varicella vaccine and demand is high with school starting back.

School districts and health departments may have to make use of a 30-day waiver for children who can't get the shot.

"This is for that second dose of varicella. So we are hoping that the first dose has provided some immunity. But certainly you don't not want to have kids in school awaiting something that we have no control over," said Southwest Public Health District director, Dr Jacqueline Grant.

The vaccine is already out in Miller, Mitchell, and Thomas counties.

Children entering kindergarten, sixth grade, or will be attending school in Georgia for the first time are required to have the varicella vaccine before the new school year.

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