IDPH, ISBE officials reminding parents and guardians of school vaccination requirements

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education are teaming up to encourage parents and guardians to ensure their children's immunizations are up to date for the school year.

Children who attend public school in Illinois are required have diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis b, varicella, and pneumococcal vaccines.  Additionally, a meningococcal conjugate vaccination is now required for all students entering grades six or 12.

According to State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D, it is important that students stay healthy, so they can remain in the classroom and continue to learn throughout the year.  For more information about vaccination requirements for the 2015-2016 school year, visit http://www.isbe.net/pdf/school_health/immunization-requirements.pdf.

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