Changes take effect for school vaccinations

The Ohio Department of Health issues guidelines each year

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The advertising blitz for Back to School is underway. And while parents and students are thinking about clothes and school supplies, there are also some new guidelines for vaccinations parents need to consider before the first day of classes.

Each state has their own vaccination mandates for students. In Ohio, students beginning kindergarten must have several immunizations.The guidelines include a fifth dose of the DTAP vaccine, fourth dose of Polio, and a second dose of the MMR and Varicella.

“Children will be in groups, exposed to all kinds of bacteria and viruses and things like that and coming in contact. So, to help prevent the spread of diseases, we have the immunizations that are given,” said Erica Horner, Mahoning County District Board of Health.

A new law that takes effect in the 2016-2017 school year requires the meningitis vaccine.

“Meningitis is spread through saliva, drinking after someone else, kissing, different things like that – close contact,” Horner said. “If they are going away to college, this is a great protection for after high school.”

Seventh grade students will still need to receive a TDAP vaccine.


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