Changes made to Illinois school immunization requirements

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Health are encouraging parents and guardians to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date, and are informing people of changes that were made to the current requirements for students.

Starting this fall, the hepatitis B vaccination requirement will be applied to students entering sixth grade instead of students entering fifth grade.  Students must also show proof of having received two doses each of live rubella and mumps virus vaccines.

In addition, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade, or ninth grade for the first time must show proof of having received two doses of varicella, or chicken pox, vaccine.  The rule requiring students for all grades sixth through twelfth to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine is still in effect.

For more information on immunization requirements for the 2014-2015 school year, you can check out ISBE's Immunization Quick Reference Guide at http://www.isbe.net/pdf/school_health/imm-quick-ref14-15.pdf, or visit www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm.

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