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State issues new immunization requirements for students

Special to SEGAZINE

The Georgia Department of Public Health has revised school immunization requirements for rising seventh-graders, meaning that students in the Newton County School System must receive Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and MCV (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines before the next school year.

In a letter to state Superintendent John Barge, Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald said that as of July 1, all children born on or after Jan. 1, 2002, who are attending seventh grade must receive both vaccines prior to the 2014-15 school year.

A press release from NCSS Public Relations Director Sherri Davis-Viniard advised parents to “plan to have your child vaccinated well in advance of the start of the 2014-15 school year. Seventh grade students will not receive class schedules unless they have these vaccines. If you have questions please contact your school nurse.”

Newton Citizen.

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