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Wicomico Health Dept. Helping Students Meet New Vaccination Reqs.

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SALISBURY, Md. - New Maryland immunization regulations have added vaccination requirements for students entering kindergarten and seventh grade, and the Wicomico County Health Department is encouraging parents to make sure their children are up-to-date.

According to health department officials, starting in the 2014-2015 school year, kindergarten students will be required to have two doses of the Varicella vaccine for chickenpox, currently only one dose is required. Additionally, students starting seventh grade this year will be required to have had one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of Meningococcal vaccine, both of which are new for seventh graders.

Walk=in visits for these vaccines have been scheduled at the health department clinic in Salisbury, located at 300 W. Carroll St. Parents can bring students, along with their most up-to-date vaccine record on Wednesday, July 23 from 5-8 p.m. or Saturday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Officials say Wicomico County Public Schools informed parents of the new requirements a few months ago, and again with the final 2013-2014 report cards, in order to ensure they would have enough time to get children the required vaccinations.

Parents are responsible for providing schools with their child's updated vaccine record. Some insurance plans offer an electronic copy of the form that can be submitted to school staff, or an up to date record can be requested from a doctor's office, according to officials.

Parents can contact their child's primary care provider with any questions. For Wicomico County children without health insurance, immunizations are available through the health department by calling (410) 543-6943.

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