New vaccination requirements for students

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – School is just around the corner and as parents get their kids ready for the start of the year, they need to be aware of new vaccination requirements.

For students going into kindergarten or 6th grade they now need two doses of the chicken pox vaccine and three to five doses of the polio vaccine. All other students can go to school this year with one dose of the chickenpox vaccine and three doses of the polio vaccine.

If the students do not have up-to-date vaccinations, it could keep them out of school. Some parents aren’t bothered by the extra vaccinations.

“When I go see my doctor and he says okay, I recommend this, I go with what he recommends because I don’t have the degree he does,” said Jeromy Allsop.

His daughter will see the doctor before school starts for the extra shots. Other parents say it might be tough to get an appointment.

“I think they’ll have to extend it,” suggested Karen Walcott, “because I don’t think the pediatricians can fit everyone in before the end of the school year.”

Time is running out for students to get the shots but parents don’t mind the extra work if it protects their children.

“I look at it this way: they’re the professionals I’m not,” said Allsop.

Students can go to school if they have an initial dose of the vaccine and show proof they are getting the other shots.

To find out more on the state requirements go to http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/immunization/schools/updated_school_imm_requirements.htm

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