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New vaccine requirements

Dr. Jacqueline Grant. District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. District Health Director

The Georgia Department of Public Health has new immunization requirements for the upcoming school year.     

Students born on or after January 1, 2002 entering seventh grade and any new students in 8th through 12th grades must get an adolescent pertussis booster vaccination and meningitis vaccination. This used to be a recommendation, now it's a rule.  

"It's really important to get that message out now because you don't want this rush right before school when all of the kids are trying to get the immunizations that they need," said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, Southwest Georgia Public Health District Director. "They can go to their regular doctor's office or they can come to any of the local health departments."       

Dr. Grant says whooping cough has been showing up more lately, and that the pertussis vaccine is especially important.  She also recommends the Influenza and HPV vaccine for teens and preteens.

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